The Athletics Congress is expected to announce Monday that a three-member panel has recommended the reinstatement of long jumper Larry Myricks to track and field competition next April.

Myricks, a two-time world indoor champion and bronze medalist in the 1988 Olympics Games, was suspended for life after testing positive three times this year for a stimulant commonly found in over-the-counter cold medicines.

In a conference call last Monday with the panel, Myricks, 34, said he was not aware the medication he took for flu contained a substance on the banned list. The panel then determined Myricks's use of the stimulant was inadvertent and recommended that he be reinstated one year after he was suspended, a source said.

The recommendation will be forwarded to the executive council of TAC, which governs track and field in the United States. The executive council will decide on the recommendation at the congress's annual convention in Seattle later this month. . . .

The U.S. Olympic Committee said it has suspended its funding of the U.S. Bobsled Federation while it conducts a full-scale audit into alleged misuses of federation money.

A three-member team of independent auditors will begin examining financial records Nov. 26 at federation headquarters in Lake Placid, N.Y. John Samuelson, the USOC's chief financial officer, said the audit is expected to take about two weeks.

David Heim, the federation's executive director, denied any wrongdoing and said the failure to file a required 1989 audit was an oversight.