Italy

Ramzi, Rebellin confirmed as Olympic doping suspects

Rashid RamziStuttgart - Olympic 1,500 metres gold medallist Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain and Italian cycling road race silver medallist Davide Rebellin are among the athletes who tested positive for the latest generation of the blood booster CERA at a retest of samples from the Beijing Games, it was confirmed Wednesday. Ahmad Ben Hamad Al El Khalifa, deputy general secretary of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, told German Press Agency on Wednesday that the committee has been informed about Ramzi's positive test.

At the same time the Italian Olympic Committee CONI named Rebellin as a doping suspect.

Italian royal 'heir' to run in European elections

Italian royal 'heir' to run in European elections Rome - Prince Emmanuel Filiberto of Savoy, a descendant of Italy's erstwhile royal family, announced Tuesday he is to stand as a candidate in June's European Parliament elections. The 36-year-old grandson of Italy's last king, Umberto II, will run for the centrist, Catholic, Union of Christian Democrats (UDC) party.

"I commit myself... to the service of my country, the thing that I love most," Emmanuel Filiberto said.

Pope visits Italian earthquake region, urges 'solid' reconstruction

Pope visits Italian earthquake region, urges 'solid' reconstructionL'Aquila, Italy - In a visit Tuesday to Italy's earthquake-stricken Abruzzo region, Pope Benedict XVI brought words of comfort and appealed for the construction of safer homes and churches. Benedict arrived from Rome by car, with his first stop in the village of Onna, situated near the epicenter of the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck on April 6, killing nearly 300 people.

Nadal waits out the rain with rivals on his mind

Nadal waits out the rain with rivals on his mind Rome - Rafael Nadal waited out steady rain Tuesday at the Rome Masters along with the rest of the field, his thoughts filled with fears that events on his clay-court surface of choice are in decline. "Every year for last years we have less tournaments on clay," said the top seed who lifted a fifth title at the weekend in Barcelona.

Italy's elegant Forte dei Marmi still lures the jet set

Italy's elegant Forte dei Marmi still lures the jet setForte dei Marmi  - At the turn of the century, the Tuscan coastal town of Forte dei Marmi became hugely popular with artists, aristocrats and intellectuals from all over Europe.

Wawrinka waltzes past Russian to start Rome campaign

Wawrinka waltzes past Russian to start Rome campaign Rome - Stanislas Wawrinka saved energy with an efficient effort to post a win into the second round of the Rome Masters 6-3, 6-4 over Russian Igor Kunitsyn on Monday.

The Swiss, who lost the title match a year ago to Novak Djokovic but earned a Top 10 place for his efforts on the clay of the Foro Italico, said he did what he needed to win.

"It was enough today to win, I'm very happy to play around an hour for two sets."

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