Russian athletes suspected of using Doping in PyeongChang

A Russian athlete suspected of violating doping rules at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, South Korea.

Russian curling athletes said that a coach of their team told them Sunday night (South Korean time) that the winners of a mixed-bronze medal, Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium, a drug banned in 2016.

Russian Curling Federation chairman Dmitry Svishchev refused to confirm the name of the athlete.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday that the second sample of the athlete will be examined and the results will be obtained within 24 hours.

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If confirmed positively by the second test, the incident could make the Russian team not re-enlisted in the Olympics and march under the national flag at the closing ceremony. [gp/is]

Positive Doping, Japanese Fast Spy Slate at Pyeongchang

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.

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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]