Japan's fast skater Kei Saito is suspended from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after his tests showed he was positive about illicit substances.
Saito arrived at the athletes' village in South Korea's Pyeongchang town on Monday and tested shortly after participating in training activities . He was temporarily suspended by the Sports Arbitration Court after his test showed positive results for acetalozamide, a diuretic that can be used to disguise drugs to improve performance.
In a statement, Saito suggested he was "shocked" by the result, because he never used steroids or even considered using steroids. He left his team and the athlete's village voluntarily so that he would not burden his colleagues.
According to Associated Press, Saito is the reserve athlete for a team of 5,000 meters relay. This is the first doping case at the Pyeongchang Olympics. [uh]