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Days until opening ceremonies: 49.

Swimmer won't sue: Kristine Quance, disqualified for an obscure violation during the Olympic swim trials, will not sue for the chance to compete in the 400-meter individual medley at the Atlanta Games. Quance qualified for the American team in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley, but was disqualified in a 400 IM preliminary race during the March trials for allegedly using an illegal stroke on a turn.

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Call for drug-testing reform: The Olympic drug-testing system is fundamentally flawed and needs serious reform, medical experts say.Speaking at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, three internationally known authorities on Wednesday attacked the International Olympic Committee's list of banned substances for being too broad. They also said too many athletes may be punished for consuming substances that have no provable effect on performance.

Gender test: Brazil's female heavyweight judo champion has undergone an operation to guarantee she will pass femininity tests at the Olympic Games. The Correio Braziliense said Edinanci Fernandes da Silva, 19, had high testosterone levels because of a genetic problem.

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Ticket update: United Parcel Service starts delivering 3.8 million Olympic tickets today. The delivery should be complete by June 10. There are 311,000 orders.

Pub Date: 5/31/96


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