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CAS 'cannot rule on Ullrich Swiss dope appeal'

THE Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) does not have the jurisdiction to rule on an appeal by the Swiss Anti-Doping agency that could lead to a life ban for former cyclist Jan Ullrich, the body said yesterday.

The CAS would, however, rule on a separate appeal by the International Cycling Union (UCI) over the former Tour de France winner's implication in the Operation Puerto blood-doping scandal, it said in a statement.

"In the two appeal cases regarding the former German cyclist Jan Ullrich, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has rendered its first decision in the procedure between Swiss Anti-Doping and Jan Ullrich. The CAS found it does not have jurisdiction," CAS said.

The Swiss agency had appealed to CAS to overturn a decision by Switzerland's Olympic Committee not to open disciplinary proceedings against Ullrich, a Swiss resident, over doping allegations.

"The first CAS decision does not prejudge the forthcoming decision in the arbitration procedure between the International Cycling Union, Jan Ullrich and Swiss Cycling," the statement added, saying a decision would be made in around six weeks.

"Jan is disappointed there was no decision today and that he needs to wait six weeks longer," Ullrich's media adviser, Falk Nier, said.

The Operation Puerto scandal broke in 2006, when Spanish police launched raids that uncovered more than 200 codenamed blood bags, some of which were linked to cyclists.

Ullrich, 37, who retired in 2007, became the first German to win the Tour de France in 1997 and has denied being implicated in the scandal.

CAS said it could not rule on the first appeal because Ullrich, who had a Swiss licence from 2005 to 2006, and Swiss Anti-Doping, who was created in 2008, could not be linked legally.

Ullrich also won the Vuelta in 1999, the year he claimed the first of two time-trial world titles.