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Volandri’s ban lifted

ROME: Tennis player Filippo Volandri’s three-month ban for using an asthma drug has been lifted, following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Switzerland-based court also ruled that Volandri will be restored the ATP points and earnings he lost, the Italian tennis federation said on Tuesday.

The only punishment that will remain will be the elimination of Volandri’s points and earnings at a tournament a year ago in Indian Wells, California, where he lost in the first round and failed a doping test.

Volandri was suspended by the International Tennis Federation on the eve of the Australian Open in January. The ban was due to expire on April 14.

“The nightmare is over,” Volandri said. “CAS recognized my good faith. I used the drug only for therapeutic needs and the ban was excessive.” — AP

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