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French skier Vincent Vittoz tests positive for banned substance


French skier Vincent Vittoz tests positive for banned substance{mosimage}French cross-country skier Vincent Vittoz failed a drug test at the World Cup race he won last month. Vittoz said on Thursday he tested positive for furosemide on Jan. 15 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where he won the men’s 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) freestyle event.

Furosemide is classified as a masking agent and diuretic on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

Vittoz, currently second in the World Cup standings after 14 of 22 events, said in a statement he was “shocked” by the positive finding and would await analysis of his B sample before further comment.

-The Associated Press

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