The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld the two-year doping ban given to German cyclist Danilo Hondo, after he twice tested positive for a stimulant (carphedon) at the Tour of Murcia in Spain last March.

Hondo appealed the ban which was handed down last June by the Swiss Olympic Association.

But the Lausanne-based arbitration court rejected Hondo's appeal to have the ban annulled, saying the lab results clearly established the presence of the stimulant in the German cyclist's urine. The Court ruled that the usual two-year suspension provided for the International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Code should be imposed.

The 31-year-old Hondo was fired by the Swiss team Gerolsteiner last year, but has denied knowingly taking the stimulant.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .