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Russian world champion Lyubov Egorova flunks doping test

February 26, 1997

TRONDHEIM, Norway (AP) _ Russian cross-country skier Lyubov Egorova flunked a drug test during the World Nordic Ski Championships, the International Ski Federation said today.

FIS secretary general Gianfranco Kasper said Egorova had used the illegal substance Bromantan, considered a stimulant that can also mask the effect of other illegal drugs. It was banned after the Atlanta Olympiucs.

In a letter Egorova admitted using the substance, claiming she had taken it by mistake, Kasper said.

Egorova won the 5-kilometer classical style race Sunday, three years after winning the same distance in the Lillehammer Winter Olympics south of Trondheim. She will now be stripped of her medal and barred from these championships. She also is likely to be banned for two years.

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