Russian Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva Fails Doping Test

Russian Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva Fails Doping Test

Sergeeva tested positive to the drug on Sunday, making her the second Russian athlete to fail a drug test at the games so far. It adds, "A few days before that, on February 13, her sample was clean".

At that point, there were still Russian hopes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would go ahead and lift its suspension of Russia's Olympic committee and allow them to march with the Russian flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

A second Russian athlete has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The Russian situation, stemming from systemic doping culminating at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, overshadowed the build-up to Pyeongchang and also looks set to dominate debate at the conclusion of the Games.

The federation says that the bobsledder does not have a prescription for the drug.

Asked whether it was a coincidence that the curler, Alexander Krushelnitsky, had decided not to contest his anti-doping charge, Adams said: "You can make that conclusion". She finished 15th in the women's bobsleigh event alongside Anastasia Kocherzhova.

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. The IOC set out the criteria for Russian Federation to be reinstated, and the latest doping cases are a setback.

"This won't win us any extra credit", Russian delegation leader Stanislav Pozdnyakov told members of that country's media, per the AP. "She has let us down".

The doping case has come at a delicate time for Russian Federation, which has been accused of running a state-backed, systematic doping program for years, an allegation Moscow denies.

"One of these, is the payment of 15 million dollars for the development of worldwide doping systems, and coordination in this area between the IOC, (World Anti-Doping Agency) and global sports federations", the ROC said in a statement. "I didn't even know how many I would ski", the 22-year-old said.

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