Doping-Tennis player Volandri banned for three months

LONDON Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:14pm GMT

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LONDON Jan 16 (Reuters) - Italy's Filippo Volandri has been banned for three months after failing a dope test, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Friday.

"The Tribunal found that a sample provided by Mr. Volandri on 13 March, 2008 at the ATP Tour event in Indian Wells ... contained (stimulant) salbutamol at a concentration greater than 1,000 ng/ml," the ITF said in a statement.

The 27-year-old Volandri blamed his failed test on an inhaler he takes for treating asthma. (Reporting by Pritha Sarkar; Editing by Sonia Oxley)