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Release doping probe blood bags: court

dpadpa 14/06/2016

A Spanish court has ruled more than 200 blood bags of athletes, seized 10 years ago in the Puerto doping probe, must be released to relevant authorities.

More than 200 blood bags of athletes, seized 10 years ago during the Operation Puerto doping probe, must be released and given to relevant authorities for examination, a Madrid court has ruled.

The Provincial Court on Thursday said the samples should be given to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the ruling cycling body UCI, the Spanish cycling federation and the Italian Olympic Committee.

The decision overturned an earlier court ruling from 2013 under which the bags were to be destroyed - against which WADA, the UCI and others had appealed.

Tuesday's ruling came after the bags were seized in 2006 and more than 50 cyclists implicated, with the likes of former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich of Germany, Italy's Ivan Basso and Spain's Alejandro Valverde suspended over the case.

The bags were taken from a clinic of doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who also suggested they contained samples from athletes in other sports, but that was never followed up.

Examinations of the samples, which are stored in Barcelona, could spread the case beyond cycling if athletes can be linked to them.

Fuentes was absolved on Tuesday after originally been given a suspended sentence three years ago.

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