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Investigation unveils Italian athletes’ doping hell

Miss Carolina Kostner.

Young, pretty, talented and famous. Mr Alex Schwazer and Miss Carolina Kostner are two well-known Italian athletes (their German names are due to their Sudtirol origins) who used to have a relationship.

In 2012, Mr Schwazer was forced to admit using illicit drugs in order to enhance his performances, triggering an investigation by the Italian Authorities. In Italy, doping is a criminal offence called “sport fraud”.

Under interrogation, Miss Kostner revealed that Mr Schwazer used to sleep with an oxygen mask linked to a noisy machine, so that when sharing the same bed she was forced to wear earplugs.

The investigators speculate that the “machine” was probably a hypoxic tent used to decrease the amount of oxygen in the air, a device forbidden by the Italian regulations.

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