ROME (AP) The Italian Olympic Committee says it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to lengthen the 16-month ban given to former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner.
Kostner's lawyer had already said they, too, will appeal to the CAS in the doping case involving her ex-boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer.
CONI's anti-doping prosecutor recommended Kostner be banned for two years and three months for helping Schwazer evade a test and other infractions.
CONI's anti-doping court decided the case last month.
As it stands, the ban ends on May 15, 2016, meaning Kostner will be eligible for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She will miss the European championships next January, as well as the next worlds in March 2016.