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The lengths to which cheating athletes will go to beat drug controls took on a new dimension this week after an Italian runner was accused of employing a false penis to evade detection during a urine test.
Long-distance runner Devis Licciardi is now being investigated by the country's Olympic committee for allegedly planning to use the prosthetic, which was full of drug-free urine, to offer a sample.
Authorities say that Mr Licciardi, an athlete for the Italian Air Force team, attempted the scam after Italy's 10km road race at Molfetta, near Bari, last on Saturday. La Voce d'Italia website reported that officials caught him “in flagrante” with his plastic accoutrement.
The 27-year-old has been summoned to face disciplinary proceedings at Rome's Olympic Stadium by the disciplinary panel Coni, which said he would face his first hearing at noon today.
La Stampa newspaper noted on the eve of the Molfetta road race that Mr Licciardi was one of the runners to keep an eye on following his recent “remarkable” results in the 3 000-metre steeplechase. - The Independent