Norwegian Race Walker Caught for Doping

OSLO, Norway (AP) - The Norwegian Athletics Federation says race
walker Erik Tysse has tested positive for doping and has been
suspended from all competitions.

Federation secretary general Kjetil Hildeskor says Tysse tested
positive for blood booster CERA at a competition in Italy in May.

He says an analysis at a laboratory in Rome showed both the
"A" and "B" samples were positive for CERA.

A tearful Tysse denied having used illegal drugs and questioned
how the test had been analyzed at a news conference Tuesday in
Oslo.

He said he had "nothing to hide" and would fight to clear his
name.

The suspension means Tysse will miss next week's European
Championships in Barcelona.

He was fifth in the 50-kilometer race at the Beijing Olympics.


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