CONI bans runner Barbi for life for doping

Updated: March 10, 2009, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Distance runner Roberto Barbi received a life ban Tuesday from the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping court.

Barbi tested positive for EPO and ephedrine following the Mende half marathon in France on July 20. It was his third doping violation.

Before the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Barbi received a four-year ban for using EPO, which was reduced to 25 months following an appeal. He first tested positive in 1996, receiving a three-month ban for ephedrine.

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