The Anti-Doping Prosecution Service of the Italian Olympic Committee asked the National Anti-Doping Court to suspend for more than three years Carolina Kostner, a very popular figure skater.
Miss Kostner is accused of lying to investigators when her boyfriend, Alex Schwazer, another Italian athlete, was suspected of doping. Pursuant to the sport rules, Miss Kostner had an obligation to denounce Mr Schwazer.
Miss Kostner’s position sparked a debate between fellow Italian sport stars. The swimmer Federica Pellegrini was very uncompromising, stating that Miss Kostner should have dumped Mr Schwazer, and hoping that the couple is “jailed and the key thrown away”. The diver Tania Cagnotto was more moderate, saying that Mrs Kostner had behaved “like any girlfriend would”.