Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

CAS confirms positive dope test for Russia's Sergeeva

CAS confirms positive dope test for Russia's Sergeeva

The Russian team was banned from the games because of rife doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Sergeeva's positive test is ironic, really, as in the run-up to this year's Winter Olympics she was filmed wearing a shirt saying "I Don't Do Doping" under her training shirt.

The court said that she tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine and admitted the offense, the fourth doping case to hit the Pyeongchang Olympics and second from Russian Federation.

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.

A doping test made by Sergeeva on February 18 showed the presence of a banned substance.

The press officer of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation earlier told TASS that the athlete already handed over her credentials and left the Olympic village.

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A second Russian athlete failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the IOC's executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday's closing ceremony.

Canadian flag-bearer Kim Boutin, who won a silver and two bronze medals in short-track speedskating, felt the closing ceremonies will be an important part of her first Winter Games experience.

Nadezdha Sergeeva recently competed in the two-man Women's Bobsleigh event and finished 12th in the competition final on February 20. Sergeeva previously tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs.

"The athlete has accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games", it said, adding that Sergeeva had admitted an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for trimetazidine. It's a heart medication that was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because of its effect on the metabolism.

According to the Russian Bobsled President Alexander Zubkov, "she confirms see took no such medication and the team confirms she was not issued any medication".

Russian officials, for their part, are pinning these new doping allegations exclusively on the athletes.

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