Cyclo-crosser Zlamalik positive

Czech cyclo-crosser Martin Zlamalik has had a positive A test for the banned stimulant ephedrine...

Czech cyclo-crosser Martin Zlamalik has had a positive A test for the banned stimulant ephedrine after the Budvar Cup round five in Plzen, on November 19, 2005.

Zlamalik, who placed fourth that day, has applied for the B sample to be tested. "I don't want to point to anyone or anything in excuse, but I don't understand it," the 23 year-old said on Friday, January 6, 2006. "That is why I've asked for the B sample to be examined but I don't know the result as yet."

The 2003 European U23 champion denied the use of the doping substance. "I believe that the A sample will turn out to be an error and that I will not face any punishment," Zlamalik said.

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