Italian former Olympic 50km walk champion Alex Schwazer had his appeal against an eight-year doping ban dismissed on Friday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Schwazer filed a “request for provisional measures” in an attempt to take part in this year’s Olympics after an Italian court cleared him of doping and ruled that World Athletics and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had been “opaque” during his case, Italy’s Ansa news agency reported.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an urgent request for provisional measures filed by Alex Schwazer who sought an order from CAS to have his 8-year suspension lifted,” CAS said in a statement.

“Schwazer filed a statement … on April 29 following a letter issued by World Athletics and WADA declining to reinstate him before the end of the period of ineligibility.”

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