Tests Positive For Doping

IOC member Dick Pound in a 2015

IOC member Dick Pound in a 2015

Nadezhda Sergeeva, pilot of the Russian women's bobsled team in Pyeongchang, has tested positive for a banned heart medication, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Nadezhda Sergeeva, who was competing under the title "Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, " tested positive Sunday for a drug that's banned from Olympic competition.

She had reportedly submitted a negative test five days earlier.

Sergeeva was not among athletes implicated in the "systematic manipulation" of doping samples at those Olympics and was among 169 Russian athletes cleared by a special International Olympic Committee panel to take part at Pyeongchang 2018.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) past year suspended Russian Federation from these Games for state-supported doping, but among other concessions, raised the possibility of reinstating the country before the last event of the Olympics.

Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic and Japanese speedskater Kei Saito also left the games after testing positive.

He also helped set up the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and was its first boss. And yet, two athletes that have tested positive for banned substances are Russian.

The complaints fielded by International Olympic Committee representatives, including athlete representatives, is not without evidence that the International Olympic Committee may be leaning toward allowing the Russian athletes to exit the game under their own flag. The second, a bobsledder who was wearing a shirt that read "I Don't Do Doping, I Am Za Sport" in a YouTube video that has since been deleted by the user.

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Then came the news on Friday that another Russian, this time bobsled athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva, tested positive for a prohibited substance that has not yet been identified, according to officials familiar with the case.

The CAS ADD statement added: "The athlete has accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games and reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility based on "no fault or negligence" following the conclusion of the Games".

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is edging closer to allowing Russian Federation to march behind its national flag at the Winter Games closing ceremony, sources said, in a move Moscow hopes will mark the end of its ostracism from world sport.

"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.

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