Skier Tests Positive for Cocaine at World Championships

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Lebanese alpine skier Georges Salameh has been banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine at the world championships.

The International Ski Federation's doping panel imposed the suspension Friday after traces of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, were found in a sample the 33-year-old Salameh gave at Val d'Isere, France, in February.

The ban runs through Feb. 17, 2011, and he has been disqualified from the championships.

Lebanon's national champion in slalom and giant slalom, Salameh competed in the qualification races in both disciplines at Val d'Isere but did not advance to face the elite skiers.

Salameh finished 43rd in slalom at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

He can appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.