2nd Russian Athlete Fails Doping Test At Winter Olympics

by Steven Clarke February 26, 2018, 1:47
2nd Russian Athlete Fails Doping Test At Winter Olympics

As you may or may not recall, Russian Federation (the country) was banned from the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on account of systematic and widespread doping at Sochi.

The behaviour of the 168 Russian athletes over the past fortnight - including the failed doping tests - will form a major part of the considerations.

It added that a test on 18 February came back positive but a previous one on 13 February had showed a clean result.

Nadezhda Sergeeva, the pilot of the Russian two-woman bobsled team that finished 12th in Pyeonchang, was captured wearing the sweatshirt at the Winter Olympic Village in Pyeongchang in a YouTube video that has since been deleted.

She previously tested clean on February 13 and the medical staff for the team says they did not prescribe the drug to Sergeeva, said a statement from the Russian Bobsled Federation on its official Facebook page. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Nadezhda Sergeeva has accepted a provisional suspension but reserved her right "to seek the elimination or reduction" of her expected ban.

In an interview with AFP, Kasper played down the doping case which led to Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky being stripped of a bronze medal after meldonium was found in two tests.

Russian Federation was banned from these Winter Games after a massive doping scandal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but the International Olympic Committee had left open the possibility of reinstatement before the start of the closing ceremony.

Krushelnitsky and his wife and teammate Anastasia Bryzgalova had won bronze in mixed curling.

Russia, however, will be reinstated after the Pyeongchang Games if there are no additional doping violations, said IOC President Thomas Bach.

'However, two athletes failed doping tests here in Pyeongchang.

"I have never either violated the rules of sports or used doping", Krushelnitckii said in a statement published by Russian state news agency TASS. Under the agreement Russian athletes are not be able to compete under the national flag.

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