- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

ROME (AP) - Former rowing world champion Vincenzo Abbagnale is facing a doping suspension after missing three surprise tests.

Giuseppe Abbagnale, Vincenzo’s father and the president of the Italian rowing federation, says his son faces up to a two-year suspension, which would force him to miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Vincenzo Abbagnale says he missed the third test due to an auto incident.

The case will likely be deferred to the Italian Olympic Committee’s anti-doping prosecutor.

Vincenzo Abbagnale teamed with Luca Parlato and Enrico D’Aniello to win the coxed pair at the 2013 worlds in Chungju, South Korea.

Giuseppe Abbagnale is a two-time Olympic champion.

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