'No problem': Schwazer says he would testify in Kostner case

ROME (AP) Former Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer says he is prepared to testify in an arbitration hearing over the 16-month ban given to his ex-girlfriend and former figure skating world champion Carolina Kostner.

Kostner was banned in January by the Italian Olympic Committee for helping Schwazer evade a test and other infractions.

Schwazer says he is ''sorry for her. If I'm called to testify in Lausanne I'll do it without a problem. ... I hope this situation she's in ends soon.''

Both CONI and Kostner have appealed to the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Kostner and Schwazer should be able to return to competition in time for their next Olympics.

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