The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeyeva guilty of violating the anti-doping rules and cancelled her results at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang, the Court's press service said, TASS reports.
Russian Bobsled Federation President Alexander Zubkov told the AP that Sergeeva's initial test in PyeongChang on the 13th was clean, but another test on the 18th tested positive for the banned drug. 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".
After Sergeeva and partner Anastasia Kocherzhova finished 12th in the two-man bobsled on Wednesday, she was asked by Yahoo Sports if she was disappointed about the O.A.R. label on her suit. Sergeeva is the second Russian athlete to test positive for a banned substance, with curler Alexander Krushelnitsky relinquishing his bronze medal in the mixed doubles competition for an earlier failed test.
The IOC's executive board met on Saturday, when a discussion on whether to maintain or lift the suspension on Russian Federation took place - a decision is now expected on Sunday.
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Their result has been annulled and Sergeeva, the second OAR athlete to test positive at Pyeongchang 2018, has been stripped of her accreditation.
"I apologized to both athletes and the International Olympic Committee members for violations, as you all understand, [the violations] are not systemic".
Despite Russia's appeal to the International Olympic Committee, some of its athletes were losing hope of getting their flag back.
The Russian team was barred from the Olympics in December for doping at the Sochi Games, but the IOC invited 168 athletes from the country to compete under the Olympic flag.
But they have cast doubt on whether the athlete took the drug knowingly after he was unable to explain how it entered his system. Officials have pointed out that a "partial" lifting of the ban is one option for the IOC.
Zubkov and four other bobsledders were disqualified from the 2014 Games for doping, though the four other bobsledders have been reinstated.
Russia's bobsled program has been in the spotlight for drug use for several years. Another gold medalist, Dmitry Trunenkov, was banned previous year for failing a doping test.
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