April 01, 2015

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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