Second Russian athlete fails doping test

Feb 25, 2018, 01:32
Second Russian athlete fails doping test

"I've assured our athletes that the fight against doping is something we take really seriously".

Athletes who were clean had to prove they did not have a history of doping before being allowed to compete in the Winter Games.

The ABC reported hours after Krushelnitsky was stripped of his medal, the Russian Olympic Committee said it had paid a $15 million fee as part of criteria to have its team reinstated at the Pyeongchang Games. It would have shown "we are a strong country and we will achieve everything we want", she added.

A spokesperson for the Russian Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation told Sport Express that Sargeeva submitted a sample with a low level of the drug on Sunday (February 18).

Earlier Russian Alexander Krushelnitsky of the curling team tested positive for meldonium and was stripped off his bronze medal.

This isn't the first time that Sergeeva has fallen foul of anti-doping laws as she also tested positive for the banned substance meldonium in 2016.

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The IOC allowed 168 Russians deemed drug-free to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag, but despite extensive vetting, two of them failed drugs tests. (Olympic Athletes from Russia) label on her suit.

The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations says the International Olympic Committee "can't merely "wish away" the most significant fraud in the history of sport", adding that "by failing to impose a meaningful sanction on the ROC, the International Olympic Committee would be culpable in this effort to defraud clean athletes of the world".

"It's a punishment and that's what it is". "We should be able to walk under our flag".

"Maybe it was done specially for this Olympics, and then they will calm down". Via Greg Walters of Vice News, Sergeeva appeared in an online video prior to the Olympics wearing a shirt that proudly proclaimed "I Don't Do Doping".

ZASPORT is the official clothes supplier to the Russian Olympic Committee with numerous designs donned by Russian athletes at the South Korean competition.

"The executive board will hear and decide today on the basis of what they've heard from the panel what the next steps will be", said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams. So far there have been very few cases but it's extremely regrettable. "We did the right thing". Sergeeva's failure to clear the dope test has definitely jeopardized the issue.

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At the bobsleigh track on Saturday, Russian competitors were tight-lipped.

"The results obtained by the team at the same event are disqualified with all resulting consequences; the athlete is excluded from Pyeongchang 2018; her accreditation shall be withdrawn".

The president of the Russian Bobsled Federation, Alexander Zubkov, told The Associated Press on Friday that a drug-test sample that Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.

Leading up to the start of these Winter Olympic Games, a Russian bobsledder bravely wore a T-shirt under her training suit that said, "I Don't Do Doping".

Russian bobsleigh official Sergei Zhurkin listed theories on how Sergeeva could have ingested a banned substance by mistake, including by taking a legal drug from a tainted pill box.

"The athletes are entitled to live the full Olympic experience and we shouldn't be questioning whether they should attend or not", she said.

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