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Kotyuga's doping ban overturned on appeal

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The two-year doping ban of Anzhelika Kotyuga of Belarus was overturned Friday by the International Skating Union's appeals commission.

The decision isn't binding, however, because ISU said it would
take the case to sport's highest tribunal, the Lausanne-based Court
of Arbitration for Sport.

Kotyuga was suspended by the ISU's disciplinary commission in
September after it found her urine samples showed "sufficient
evidence'' of anabolic steroids.

The offense came at the World Cup Speed Skating Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Feb. 19. Kotyuga had previously been
stripped of victory in the 500-meter race. Kotyuga's fourth-place
finish in the 1,000-meter event also was voided.