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Latvian bobsledder headed for Games despite positive drug test

One of the world's top four-man bobsled drivers will compete in next month's Winter Games even though he tested positive for a banned steroid in November.

The International Bobsled Federation imposed a three-month retroactive suspension on Latvian Sandis Prusis that will end Feb. 9, making him eligible for the Salt Lake City Games, which begin Feb. 8.

On Jan. 7, the federation banned Prusis from World Cup competition and the Olympics because he tested positive for Nandralone two months before.

Prusis and Latvian Olympic officials appealed the decision, blaming the positive test results on dietary supplements. The federation agreed.

The federation also stripped Prusis of World Cup points earned in December. That will affect his start position at the Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Prusis, 37, led Latvia to fourth place in the world championship last year and also is a coach on the national squad.