Winter Olympics: Second Russian athlete fails doping test

Andrew Cummings
February 24, 2018

Athletes from Russia had been hoping that they could mark with a Russian flag during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, a prospect that now seems unlikely following the doping developments, Reuters reported.

In a translated statement on Facebook, the federation said a Feb 18 sample from women's bobsled pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva contained a "heart drug" which was not prescribed by the national team's medical staff. Any athlete that tested negative for banned substances before the start of the games was allowed to compete, but as the athletes are tested throughout the Olympics, it seems that some of the competitors made a decision to throw caution to the wind.

Russia's fate hung in the balance as the International Olympic Committee met Saturday to decide whether to lift its ban for mass doping before the Pyeongchang Winter Games closing ceremony. According to Ruggiero, an International Olympic Committee member, 75 percent of the Russian athletes in Pyeongchang were not on the suspended Sochi squad.

It was then decided athletes who were deemed clean would be allowed to compete under the Olympic flag as "OAR", or, the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

Another day, another Russian Olympic Athlete testing positive for a banned substance.

Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in the mixed doubles event, agreed to return his medal along with his wife who is his curling partner.

If confirmed by testing of the "B" sample, the bobsledder would be the second Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation caught doping at PyeongChang 2018. Zubkov said that on February 13 the sample of the Russian bobsleistki gave a negative result.

"I don't know why, but they've started talking to us more than ever before", she told them.

Sergeeva was the pilot on a two-woman bobsled team that finished 14th on February 21.

Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation start their first heat during the women's two-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

It is the fourth doping case of this year's Olympics. She tested positive on trimetazidine.

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