Sporting Digest: Swimming

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Richard Upton, an Australian swimmer who was let off with a warning after failing a doping test, has been given a three-month ban by the international Court of Arbitration. Upton, who won a relay silver medal at this year's drug-tainted World Championships in Perth, tested positive for the masking agent probencid in an out-of-competition test on 17 February.

Birgit-Heike Matz, a former East German swimmer, told a Berlin court yesterday that she had been given performance-enhancing drugs from the age of 14 while competing for the former communist state. She said she developed body hair and noticed her voice deepen after being ordered to take "little blue pills" which, the prosecutors said, contained the banned steroid oral-turinabol.

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