Baxter poised to appeal

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Alain Baxter is set to appeal against the international Olympic Committee's decision to strip him of his bronze medal. The British skier plans to reveal today that he will take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

The Scotsman won Britain's first ever Olympic alpine medal when he finished third in the men's slalom at the Salt Lake City Games. But he was forced to hand back the medal when a post-race drugs test detected the banned substance methamphetamine in his urine sample.

The British Olympic Association has asked the IOC to carry out a split test on the sample because there are two forms of the drug, one of which is a common decongestant.

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