2nd Russian Athlete Fails Doping Test At Winter Olympics

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Russians Fear Doping Has Sunk Their Bid To Fly Flag At Games

25 February, 2018

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has disqualified Russian bobsleigh athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva for having violated the doping regulation, as she was tested positive in the out-of-competition test with trimetazidine.

Russian Federation had been banned from participating as a nation in this year's winter games after investigators said they uncovered a vast and government-sanctioned doping program to boost the country's competitors during the 2014 games, AP reports.

The Russians are hoping the ban could be lifted in time to parade their national flag for tomorrow's closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Pyeongchang: Russia has appealed to Olympic authorities to restore its Olympic status and allow its athletes to march with the national flag on Sunday at the Winter Games closing ceremony, but it could be waiting until the last minute for a decision. It would have shown "we are a strong country and we will achieve everything we want", she asserted.

Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, which is believed to help blood circulation, after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

"The athlete has accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games", it said, adding that Sergeeva had admitted an anti-doping rule violation after testing positive for trimetazidine.

Addressing the latest case, Adams said: "We are always extremely disappointed when there's a doping case, but so far there have been very few cases".

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Before news of Sergeeva's drugs test emerged, there had been widespread optimism from Russian officials here that they would be allowed to take part in the Closing Ceremony, despite the positive case involving Krushelnitckii.

But on top the announcement made by the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation comes the news that a criminal investigation has been launched in an attempt to discover how the drug entered his body.

The athlete recognized the violation and refused from opening of the B probe.

"It's a punishment and that's what it is".

"If we are here, and we are clean", she said, "we should be able to walk under our flag".

"Boycotts don't achieve anything in the world of sport", said Smith, who was denied the chance to compete in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow because of a boycott.

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