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Football: Rusedski ready for drug-test battle.

Byline: MARK STANIFORTH

GREG RUSEDSKI was today fighting to save his career after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug nandrolone.

The British number two was due to appear before the Association of Tennis Professionals'(ATP) anti-doping tribunal in his home town of Montreal.

After arriving in the Canadian city,Rusedski said: ``I'm very confident about the situation.

``I have stated all along I believe that. I am innocent and hopefully the tribunal will decide on that.''

Rusedski has protested his innocence since it became known last month that he had tested positive on July 23,last year at the RCA tournament in Indianapolis.

He has argued that his sample contains the same ``unique analytical fingerprinting'' as seven other players, cleared after the ATP decided they tested positive after taking supplements handed out by the governing body's own trainers.

In a statement issued after news of his positive test leaked out,Rusedski said: ``Instead of treating me in the same category as all the other players who have demonstrated elevated levels of nandrolone and common analytical fingerprinting,I appear to have been singled out for this special treatment.

``This is wrong, unfair and discriminatory.''

Rusedski maintained he would fight his case to the ``bitter end'' and called on the ATP to name 46 other players he said had failed nandrolone tests.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2004
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