Veerpalu Decision Expected (Still)

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3/25/2013 6:01 PM
Category: Sports

The Court of Arbitration for Sport adjourned for the day but said it will issue its long-overdue decision on skier Andrus Veerpalu's doping case tomorrow, on Tuesday.

In January 2011, anti-doping authorities took a sample from Veerpalu, who was training for the World Championships at the time. Two weeks later the sample came back positive for human growth hormone, and Veerpalu announced his retirement and that he was withdrawing from the Oslo event, ETV reported.

One of Estonia's most celebrated athletes, Veerpalu, 42, saw his reputation tarnished as the International Ski Federation handed him a three-year ban on competing or taking part in any official event. The athlete appealed the decision to the international arbitration body, where he testified in June 2012. The court has since postponed a ruling several times.

Veerpalu has maintained his innocence, backed by a medical team that claimed the test was not "trustworthy."

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