European indoor women's champ tests positive

Updated: June 11, 2013, 11:44 AM ET
Associated Press

SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Tezdzhan Naimova of Bulgaria has tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid after winning the women's 60-meter race at the European indoor championships in March.

Bulgaria athletics federation chairman Dobri Karamarinov says Naimova has been suspended for the positive test for drostanolone.

The 26-year-old Naimova has the right to defend herself within two weeks and faces a life ban for a second doping offense.

The federation announced Naimova's A and B samples were positive from the test at the European indoors in Goteborg, Sweden.

In 2009, Naimova was banned for two years for manipulating a doping sample.

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