Saturday 08, Jan 2011
Bulgarian athlete Iva Prandjeva has tested positive for nandrolone, the banned drug, on the eve of the Olympic Games.
The athlete from Bulgaria was set to compete in Sydney in the long and triple jumps.
Prandjeva is the latest in a line of athletes to test positive for the substance, including the English 400m runner Mark Richardson and now-retired 1992 Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie.
But there remains controversy as to what extent – if at all – it can be produced naturally as its presence in the body is sometimes put down as a result of using certain food supplements.
Prandjeva’s positive test is her second. She also showed traces of anabolic steroids at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
On that occasion she placed fourth in the triple jump and seventh in the long. Her results were scratched from the records and she served a two-year ban afterwards.
Prandjeva could now face a life ban for a second doping offence.
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