Foschi is banned by international body U.S. teen tested positive for steroids last summer

June 25, 1996|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

American distance swimmer Jessica Foschi, who tested positive last summer for the anabolic steroid mesterolone, has been suspended for two years by FINA, the international governing body for swimming.

The ban, announced yesterday by FINA, is retroactive to Aug. 4, 1995.

Foschi, 15, of Old Brookville, N.Y., can continue to compete domestically and would be sidelined for one major international competition, the short-course worlds in April 1997.

Her father, Bob Foschi, vowed to fight the suspension.

"The hearing by the top three FINA officials was an absolute farce," he said. "Two of the three had made repeated announcements that Jessica had to be suspended for two years before the hearing and before they had received any information about the case, and the third official slept through the three-hour hearing."

The Foschis can appeal to a larger FINA group, and then to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Foschi, who missed making the Olympics in the 800-meter freestyle, had been banned for two years by U.S. Swimming in February, then was put on probation after the American Arbitration Association ruled she was "improperly punished for a violation she never committed."

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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