Russian Olympian In 'I Don't Do Doping' Shirt Busted For Doping

Doug Mendoza
February 24, 2018

The Olympic flag has been shown next to the athletes' names on television and also raised at medal ceremonies, though the tally of medals has been subdued because many of those who had won competitions in Sochi were absent because of doping accusations.Not until Day 14, with the victory of Alina Zagitova in the women's figure skating, did Russian Federation claim its first gold medal.

Sergeeva failed a test on February 18, the federation said on its Facebook page.

She has been identified as Nadezhda Sergeeva, finished 12th in the two-woman bob where she had been the pilot with partner Anastasia Kocherzhova. Zubkov says Sergeeva says she took no such medication and the team says she was not issued any medication.

It hasn't been a good few days for Russian athletes as another athlete, curler Aleksandr Krushelnitcki, tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently stripped of his bronze medal.

Although an outright ban had initially removed the chance of a Russian athlete competing in the games, a certain selection were eventually allowed to compete under a neutral, Olympic flag.

A senior International Olympic Committee member has compared meldonium, the substance at the centre of a Russian doping case at the Winter Olympics, with common aspirin.

The ROC said it had to fulfil a number of conditions in order to be reinstated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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The delegation said the concentration of meldonium found in Krushelnitsky's sample suggested he would not have derived a benefit. On Thursday, CAS confirmed that Krushelnitckii has been disqualified from the Games and accepted a provisional suspension.

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Sarai also issued his own statement taking full responsibility and said he should have used better judgement. India-born Sajjan, who moved to Canada as a young boy, said, "My mom taught me to make rotis".

Embarrassingly, the bobsleigh pilot was featured in an anti-doping video on Youtube in her native language that was posted before her failed test. Russian Federation had been banned from this year's Olympics following revelations of widespread PED use within the country's program.

She is the second Russian athlete to fail a drug test at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and the fourth overall.

Richard McLaren, the Canadian lawyer who carried out the report, found at least eight cases that had been covered up by Rodchenkov. Russian Federation now accounts for two out of four positive tests during the Games.

Former tennis World No.1 Maria Sharapova served a 15-month ban for using the substance after it was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

The scandal broke during the men's ice hockey semi-final against the Czech Republic, which OAR won 3-0.

At the time, she was training in a T-shirt with the words "I Don't Do Doping". "I feel it. Maybe it's a sign to them that we're clean", Sergeeva said.

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