CAS rules against Indian swimmer in 2010 doping case

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed an appeal by Indian swimmer Amar Muralidharan over a 2010 positive doping test for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

The decision announced Thursday was the first case conducted at the CAS Alternative Hearing Centre in Abu Dhabi. CAS is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Muralidharan, a butterfly and freestyle swimmer who held six national titles, appealed to CAS over his two-year ban following his positive test at the Indian national championships in 2010, saying his doping test had not been handled properly by a New Delhi testing laboratory.

CAS found that although there were ''unfortunate and avoidable'' typographical errors associated with the test, they had ''no impact on the reliability or integrity of the sample.''

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