IAAF settles dates for drug hearings

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Antonella Bevilacqua, the Italian high jumper, and the Australian sprinter Dean Capobianco will learn within the space of a month whether they are to be banned from competition after positive drugs tests this year.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation's general secretary, Istvan Gyulai, said yesterday that dates had been set for an independent arbitration panel will meet in the federation's headquarters in Monte Carlo to discuss the Bevilacqua case on 26 October, and will consider the Capobianco case on 24 November.

The pair were allowed to compete at the Atlanta Olympics despite failing drugs tests, because the IAAF's legal advisors said the federation could be sued successfully in a civil court. Bevilacqua tested positive twice last May for the stimulant ephedrine but an Italian panel ruled she had taken the drug by accident and the statutory three-month ban was not imposed.

Capobianco tested positive for the steroid stanozolol at a meeting in Hengelo in the same month. He escaped a four-year ban when his national governing body Athletics Australia cleared him on the grounds that the testing procedures had been seriously flawed.