Winter Olympics: Second Russian athlete fails drugs test

Marcus Newton
February 24, 2018

A Russian athlete who has tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had recently appeared in an Instagram video wearing an "I Don't Do Doping" sweatshirt. She finished 15th in the women's bobsleigh event alongside Anastasia Kocherzhova.

Also in Pyeongchang, Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, tested positive for meldonium, a drug created to treat people with heart conditions, which was at the center of controversy back in 2016.

It was hoped that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would lift its suspension on Russia's Olympic committee.

The lifting, or partial lifting, of the ban could see Russian athletes parade under the Russian flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

"Zubkov told The Associated Press on Friday that a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive". Sergeeva previously tested clean for performance-enhancing drugs.

They're already denying that she took this substance, even though 5 days earlier she passed a drug test, but then failed this one.

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, an Olympic gold medalist, was banned for three months in 2014 by his country's sports authorities after testing positive for the substance. At the end of the competition they failed to get into the top ten.

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Scientists claim trimetazidine improves athletes' ability to transport oxygen around their bodies.

There are, on the face of it at least, similarities between the cases involving Krushelnitsky and Sergeeva.

Yesterday the Court of Arbitration for Sport officially found Krushelnitsky guilty of breaching anti-doping regulations and formally stripped him of his medal.

Olympics chief Thomas Bach met an aide of Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a decision about lifting Russia's Games ban - but mainly to wish him happy birthday, a spokesman said Thursday.

The news of her positive test overshadowed OAR's best day at Pyeongchang 2018.

Meanwhile, Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) have defeated the Czech Republic by a score of 3-0 in their men's semifinal hockey match.

Fifteen-year-old Alina Zagitova came first in the women's single figure skating, with compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva taking silver.

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