Michele Ferrari, the doctor who is a central figure in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, is the target of a criminal investigation in Italy.
“It's not finished yet, but it's coming to a close,” Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti told the Associated Press on Thursday.
A person with knowledge of the inquiry told the Associated Press that it is “already officially closed. They're just going over it again.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the case.
Roberti is believed to be investigating up to 70 people, including about 20 athletes, plus doctors, trainers and massage therapists.
“Armstrong is not under investigation. There are no Americans but there are several foreigners,” the person with knowledge of the inquiry said. “There are no athletes from other well-known sports.”
Doping is a crime in Italy, and Ferrari was already cleared on appeal in 2006 after an earlier conviction on criminal charges of distributing banned products to athletes. He remains barred for life by the Italian Cycling Federation under a 2002 ruling.