PARIS (AP) _ French sprinter Christophe Cheval, banned for two years after failing a drug test at the World Championships, tested positive again and can't compete until January 2004.

Cheval tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone at a meet in Tergnier, France, in May, the French Athletics Federation said Thursday.

Cheval also tested for nandrolone at the World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, in August.