Olympic silver medallist accused of doping asks for 2nd test

Italian cyclist and Olympic silver medallist Davide Rebellin has asked that his backup B sample be examined after he tested positive for doping at the Beijing Games.

Italian cyclist and Olympic silver medallist Davide Rebellin has asked that his backup B sample be examined after he tested positive for doping at the Beijing Games.

Rebellin's lawyer Federico Cecconi made the request, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced Thursday.

The cyclist, who won silver in the road race in Beijing, has denied doping.

His samples will be tested May 28 in France. CONI's anti-doping prosecutor has postponed a hearing with Rebellin that was scheduled for Monday.

Rebellin, 37, is one of six athletes who had positive doping test results for a blood-boosting drug called CERA at the Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that six athletes had been identified, but did not name names or sports.

Since then national sports bodies named 1,500-metre Olympic gold medallist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain, German cyclist Stephan Schumacher, Dominican weightlifter Yudelquis Contreras and Rebellin as four of those athletes.

Greek race walker Athanasia Tsoumeleka and Croatian 800-metre runner Vanja Perisic have also been named as athletes who tested positive in recent tests, The Associated Press reports.

Greece's Olympic Committee says one of its athletes did test positive at the Beijing Games, but did not release the name.

Tsoumeleka won the 20-kilometre race at the 2004 Olympics and finished ninth in Beijing. In January, she announced she tested positive for CERA two days before the 2008 Games. She has been banned by the IAAF for two years.

If the athletes request backup B samples and they come back positive, they face being disqualified, stripped of medals and banned from the next Olympic Games.  

With files from The Associated Press