Italian swimmers quizzed by anti-doping authorities


October 31, 2017
AP In this Sunday, August 2, 2015, men's 4x100m freestyle relay team Italy's Filippo Magnini (left) and Michele Santucci hold up their bronze medals at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia.


Two-time swimming world champion Filippo Magnini and sprint relay teammate Michele Santucci were questioned by Italian anti-doping authorities on Monday over their relationship with a nutritionist being investigated for alleged illegal drugs distribution.

Authorities in Pesaro already cleared Magnini in the case, but they allegedly have proof of unusual meetings, phone conversations and payments between the swimmer and Guido Porcellini, the nutritionist.

Magnini, who won the 100 metres freestyle at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, has never tested positive and maintains that he never doped. He has been an outspoken critic of doping throughout his career, having taken part in an 'I am doping free' initiative.

"We cleared everything up," Magnini said after more than three hours of questioning. "We can't discuss it because there is still an investigation under way."

Santucci teamed with Magnini when Italy won bronze in the 4x100 relay at the 2015 Worlds.

Porcellini has previously been sentenced in two other cases for cocaine trafficking and for domestic abuse.

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