Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Russian Bobsled Athlete Fails Drug Test At Olympics

Russian Bobsled Athlete Fails Drug Test At Olympics

Russian bobsleigh pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva has been disqualified from the Winter Olympic Games after failing a drugs test.

The Russian bobsleigh federation said in a post on its official Facebook page on Friday that the athlete had tested positive on February 18, five days after a previous doping test returned a negative result for her.

In a rare outburst against an athlete involved in a doping case, the head of the Russian delegation in Pyeongchang, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, attributed the incident to negligence on Sergeeva's part and said she had let the team down. This came after the IOC suspended the Russian Olympic Committee late a year ago over evidence of state-sponsored doping, as outlined in a World Anti-Doping Agency-commissioned report.

Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova had finished 12th in the two-woman bobsled event earlier this week.

Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, which is believed to help blood circulation, after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

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The IOC's executive board met on Saturday, when a discussion on whether to maintain or lift the suspension on Russian Federation took place - a decision is now expected on Sunday. It's a heart medication that was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because of its effect on the metabolism.

In a statement, the CAS anti-doping division confirmed Sergeeva, competing for the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), had admitted a doping offence.

Earlier this month, Sergeeva told the AP that competitors from other countries had warmed to her after she passed International Olympic Committee vetting for Pyeongchang, which included an examination of her drug-testing history.

"I apologized to both athletes and the International Olympic Committee members for violations, as you all understand, [the violations] are not systemic".

"It has to end some time", she said.

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A Slovenian ice hockey player and a Japanese short-track speed skater have also tested positive for doping at the Games.

It is thought Russia's chances of having their suspension lifted have been drastically reduced by the second doping case. Officials have said a "partial" lifting of the ban is one option. The perceived leniency of that three-month ban led to Sun receiving criticism from swimmers from other countries at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he won another gold medal.

Sageeva was not implicated in the "systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system at Sochi 2014, where she finished 18th.

Russia's bobsled program has been in the spotlight for drug use for several years.

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