Friday, 14 December, 2018

Second Russian Olympic Athlete Tests Positive For Doping

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Nellie Chapman | 24 February, 2018, 12:46

"Clean athletes continue to raise concerns and are understandably frustrated with the equivocal stance of the International Olympic Committee when it comes to the systemic doping in Russian Federation", says MacQuarrie. Their athletes are hence competing under the name "The Olympic Athletes From Russia".

With Russia's national Olympic committee now banished from the Olympic Games because of serious doping violations, only Russian athletes with no history of doping were invited to compete as Olympic athletes from Russia.

The team of Russian athletes scored twice within 30 seconds of the second period against the Czech team on February 23.

Earlier this month, Sergeeva, a bobsled pilot, 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.

"Unfortunately I had a bit of bad luck with breaking my pole in the start and getting stuck", she said.

The Russian team was barred from the Olympics in December for the doping scheme in 2014, but due to a loophole involving athletes competing under the Olympic flag, 168 Russians have competed at PyeongChang.

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.

"If we are here, and we are clean", Sergeeva told Yahoo Sports at the games after she and her bobsled partner finished 12th on Wednesday.

Russia's chances of having their suspension lifted in time for the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games here tomorrow appear to have been drastically reduced by a second doping case involving bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

Sergeeva was given a test last Sunday; results availed Trimetazidine traces, Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexandr Zubkov said.

"I think the doping cases have compromised them badly, no doubt".

The drug involved in the Sergeeva case has not yet been disclosed, but meldonium was the substance Krushelnitsky tested positive for.

"The medical staff of the national team did not prescribe the drug to the sportswoman", the Russian Bobsleigh Federation said on Facebook.