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After missing doping hearing, agent says figure skater Kostner will attend next time


ROME — The agent for Carolina Kostner says the former figure skating world champion will attend her next hearing before the Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor.

Kostner missed a scheduled hearing Friday as authorities investigate whether she was complicit in doping by her former boyfriend and Olympic race walking gold medalist Alex Schwazer.

Agent Giulia Mancini tells the ANSA news agency that Kostner "had always planned to attend" but that she had asked for a postponement since she's performing in a show in Verona this weekend.

Kostner, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2012 world champion, was to be asked about allegations she told judicial officials in Bolzano that she helped Schwazer evade a test and knew he slept with a banned altitude machine.

A new hearing will be scheduled.

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