Alex Schwazer, a cobblestone in the march

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Thursday February 18, at the end of a training session, Alex Schwazer recovers his cell phone left in his car. “I see dozens of missed calls,” he told the Time, the voice still taken by the emotion. I call my lawyer back and he tells me that the reasons for the dismissal have finally come out. He read me the main points, but I didn’t have time to read it in full until Saturday evening, so much was I asked. I tried to respond to everyone who supported me. At the start of our legal battle, we didn’t know where it would lead us, or for how long. The joy is so immense that I feel light. ”

Alex Schwazer continued to train, despite an eight-year suspension for doping, following a positive test in January 2016 that the former Olympic champion in the 50 km walk and his entourage have always contested. After five years of investigation, he has just been officially exonerated by ordinary Italian justice.