PADUA, Italy -- Italian runner Andrea Longo blames
contaminated nutritional supplements for a positive drug test that
might lead to a long suspension.
He urged Italy's track and field governing body on Saturday to
"I believe my case can be shelved by the federation," Longo
said at a news conference.
Longo's lawyer, Federico Cecconi, said supplements containing
the banned nandrolone steroid are on sale in Italian supermarkets.
Drug penalties in track and field can be punished with a ban of
up to four years. Nandrolone cases in Italy's top soccer league
resulted in suspensions of five to 10 months.
Longo, an 800-meter specialist, tested positive after a June 9
meet in Turin. The second test, whose results were made public
Friday, also turned out positive.
Longo did not compete at the recent world championships in
Edmonton, Alberta, because of an injury.