Three time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will learn his fate in the doping case at the end of this month, according to the statement released by the International Court of Arbitration for Sports.
The press release by the court on its website also goes on to justify the delay in the case, adding that when the independence of the panel was questioned, there was nothing else that could have been done.
It was reported in the media a few weeks back that some of the sports bodies have raised questions regarding the integrity of the three member panel particularly that of the chairman Efraim Barak and the court, according to the statement also asked the concerned bodies to provide proof, but none of the parties decided to move forward with the speculation.
Alberto Contador, who won the Tour de France three times in 2007, 2009 and 2010, was found guilty of having the banned substance clenbuterol in his body but according to the defense counsel, the substance entered into his body thanks to the contaminated beef that he ate during the Tour de France event in 2010.
However, after the final hearing of the case on the 24th of November, 2011, it was expected that the International Court of Arbitration for Sports would deliver a verdict by the beginning of the New Year but the delays thanks to the speculations about the integrity of the panel has kept his future hanging in the balance.
However, the Spaniard and his entourage and Spanish Cycling Federation still believe that in spite of the delay, they will deliver a positive verdict and that will enable him to compete at this year’s Tour de France for a fourth crown and also allow him to take part in the upcoming London Olympic Games of 2012.