What a dodo


The Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Former Brazil striker Dodo was suspended for two years Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over a failed doping test.

The 34-year-old Dodo tested positive for the stimulant fenproporex after his club, Botafogo, beat Vasco 4-0 in a Brazilian league game June 14, 2007.

He initially was suspended for 30 days and, after passing two other doping tests, was exonerated by Brazil’s highest sports court. Soccer’s world governing body and the World Anti-Doping Agency filed appeals in September 2007 requesting a ban.

CAS ruled in their favor Thursday, saying Dodo had failed to demonstrate that he bore “no significant fault or negligence” for the presence of the banned substance in his urine samples. CAS ruled Dodo would be suspended until Nov. 7, 2009, taking into account a period of suspension already served.

The CAS verdict will not affect Botafogo’s results.

Fenproporex is a stimulant that the body converts to amphetamine and is used in some diet medications.

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