Shot-putter suspended for positive drug testJim Doehring...

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February 28, 1991

Shot-putter suspended for positive drug test

Jim Doehring, a top United States shot-putter, has been suspended for a positive drug test.

Doehring, ranked No. 2 in the United States and No. 3 in the world in 1990, received a two-year suspension from The Athletics Congress/USA.

TAC, governing body of U.S. track and field, suspended Doehring after a random, out-of-competition test in December produced a higher ratio of the male hormone testosterone to epitestosterone than the 6:1 allowed in international drug-control protocols.

Such an elevated ratio suggests artificial addition of testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance.

Boxing

The World Boxing Council says Mike Tyson and Donovan "Razor" Ruddock will be fighting for the interim heavyweight title March 18, pending the outcome of an arbitration involving the otherwise undisputed champion Evander Holyfield.

The WBC has threatened to strip Holyfield because it says Tyson, its top-ranked contender, should have had first shot at Holyfield, who won the undisputed crown when he knocked out James "Buster" Douglas in October.

Holyfield, with the blessing of the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, has signed to defend against George Foreman on April 19.

* South African Welcome N'cita preserved an unbeaten record and retained his IBF junior featherweight title in Saint Vincent, Italy, on a split decision against Colombian challenger Jose "Sugar Baby" Rojas.

Gymnastics

Olga Korbut is waiting to come to the United States, but hetrip is being delayed by Operation Desert Storm, said friends of ++ the Olympic gold medalist.

Korbut, 35, whose 12-year-old son, Richard, is a foreign-exchange student living in East Brunswick, N.J., has a coaching job lined up at a South Jersey gymnastics school. She and her husband, Leonid Bortkevich, 41, were scheduled to arrive next week. But the war in the Persian Gulf has complicated the Soviet gym star's plans, slowing paperwork between Washington and Moscow, friends said.

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