Collins appeals ban

Switzerland – U.S. sprinter Michelle Collins is appealing her eight-year doping ban to the highest court in sports.

Collins filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to overturn the ban handed down last month by U.S. anti-doping officials in the BALCO steroid scandal.

No hearing date has been set. The CAS said Thursday that it normally issues rulings within four months of an appeal.

The American Arbitration Association ruled on Dec. 10 that Collins, 33, used various performance-enhancing substances that allegedly were provided by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative.

While Collins never tested positive for drugs, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charged her with doping based on patterns observed in her blood and urine tests as well as evidence in the BALCO investigation.

In addition to the eight-year ban, Collins was stripped of her 2003 world and U.S. indoor titles in the 200 meters.

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