Russian stripped of bronze after admitting to doping

25 February, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Felix Jensen
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The Russian Bobsled Federation on Friday confirmed that Sergeeva, a member of for the Russian women's team in Pyeongchang, had tested positive for a banned heart medication.

It is noted that the results obtained by the team OAR Sergeeva/Kocherzhova at the Olympic Games event are disqualified with all resulting consequences, meaning that the 12th place that she won with Anastasia Kocherzhova has been annulled.

The Associated Press reported that Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for trimetazidine.

"The Bobsled Federation of Russia and the athlete herself understand the extent of their responsibility, and also understand that what has happened may impact the fate of the entire team", the country's bobsled federation said in a statement.

She had reportedly submitted a negative test five days earlier.

The IOC is considering lifting Russia's ban at the end of the Games and allowing the 168 athletes - minus Krushelnitsky - to march under the Russian flag at the closing ceremony this weekend.

"Especially in light of the second doping offence, our position is that the flag should not come into the closing ceremony with the Russian team", Tricia Smith, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, told a news conference.

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"The athletes are entitled to live the full Olympic experience and we shouldn't be questioning whether they should attend or not", she said. But I very much hope that most of what is in our report will have a positive outcome for us.

"At the same time, I am ready to openly state that I have never, never during the time that I practice sport, used forbidden drugs and any other dishonest ways of competing". "There's a lot of people coming up and saying, 'We're happy you're here'".

The IOC was giving nothing away on Saturday as its executive board met behind closed doors to pour over the observations of a special panel scrutinising the Russians.

It is the fourth doping case of this year's Olympics.

Smith said it "would not be appropriate" because a Russian mixed doubles curler and bobsledder tested positive for banned substances in Pyeongchang. The Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, an Olympic gold medalist, was barred for three months in 2014 by his country's sports authorities after testing positive for the substance.

Russia's bobsled program has been in the spotlight for drug use for several years.

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