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#PyeongChang2018: Russian bobsledder tests positive for banned substance

25 February 2018

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.

The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

A Russian Olympic athlete who declared her anti-doping stance on a jumper emblazoned with the slogan, "I Don't Do Doping, I Am Za Sport', has tested positive for a banned substance". The World Doping Agency banned Trimetazidine (heart medication) since it also affects metabolism.

Russian Federation was officially banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics after it was found to be systematically doping its Olympic and Paralympic athletes at the last Winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi.

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On Friday, CAS received from the International Olympic Committee documents on Sergeyeva's violation of the anti-doping regulations at the Games in PyeongChang.

If the suspension is not lifted, the athletes will march behind the Olympic flag and in neutral uniforms, as they did for the opening ceremony.

But Krushelnitsky decided not to contest the case and the court said that he had admitted doping.

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"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disqualified with all resulting consequences; the athlete is excluded from Pyeongchang 2018; her accreditation shall be withdrawn".

Other Olympic delegations said they did not want to see the Russian tricolor on Sunday.

The 30-year-old bobsledder has denied taking the drug, with the Russian bobsled president announcing, "She confirms she took no such medication and the team confirms she was not issued any medication".

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#PyeongChang2018: Russian bobsledder tests positive for banned substance