For­mer Paraguay de­fender Cac­eres banned for dop­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

For­mer Paraguay de­fender Julio Ce­sar Cac­eres has been sus­pended for four years af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance, his coun­try’s anti-dop­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion said on Wed­nes­day.

The 37-year-old, who played at three World Cups and won the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores with Paraguay’s Olimpia in 2002 and the Ar­gen­tine league ti­tle with Boca Ju­niors in 2008, tested pos­i­tive for oc­topamine in Au­gust.

Cac­eres was handed a two-match ban for that of­fence and had it dou­bled for re­fus­ing to take a test af­ter a Paraguayan league match in De­cem­ber.

His club Guarani, the Paraguayan cham­pi­ons, said they would ap­peal against the ban.

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