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Last Updated: Friday, 7 March, 2003, 13:03 GMT
Ulihrach to appeal ban
Bhodan Ulihrach
Ulihrach says he never knowingly took anything
Bohdan Ulihrach will appeal against a two-year ban he picked up after he tested positive for the drug nandrolone.

Ulihrach, the former Czech number one, tested positive during a tournament in Moscow last October.

But he maintains that he never knowingly took the drug.

He said he would appeal the mandatory two-year penalty handed down by the ATP.

"My first explanation is that my body produced a little bit more of it," said Ulihrach.

"The second is that I ate or drank something bad in Russia, maybe an energy drink without a proper label."

Ulihrach added that he tested negative at the US Open at the end of August and also in Vienna, a week after the Moscow test.

Ulihrach turned professional in 1993 and has won three ATP Tour singles titles. He has not played so far this year because of a partially torn calf muscle.

He is the second Czech player to test positive for nandrolone.

Petr Korda, the 1998 Australian Open champion and former world number two, failed his test for the steroid at Wimbledon in 1998 and was given a one-year ban a year later.





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