The Russian bobsleigh federation admitted the positive test and added that Sergeeva had not been prescribed the drug by the team's medical staff.
Nadezhda Sergeeva, pilot of the Russian women's bobsled team in PyeongChang, has tested positive for a banned heart medication, the Associated Press reported Friday. The Japanese Olympic Committee said it would be providing "proper verification after the Games", but the athlete has been provisionally suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
They're already denying that she took this substance, even though 5 days earlier she passed a drug test, but then failed this one. Sergeeva's crew finished 12th in the women's bobsled competition Wednesday after she had given the sample that later came back positive.
As the IOC considers Russia's reinstatement, the Institute of National Anti-Doping Agencies says the suspension should be kept until there is admission of guilt by the Russian Olympic Committee.
Stanislav Pozdnyakov, head of the OAR delegation here in Pyeongchang, has criticised the athlete for "negligence".
"If we are here, and we are clean", she said, "we should be able to walk under our flag." Erm.
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The positive test comes at the worst possible time for Russian Federation.
Russian sports officials here were not immediately available for comment. She actually wore a shirt flat out claiming that "I don't do doping" in a promotional video earlier this month. "I didn't even know how many I would ski", the 22-year-old said. "I feel it. Maybe it's a sign to them that we're clean", Sergeeva said.
The second doping case blemished an otherwise successful day for the O.A.R. team, with Russian Federation taking gold and silver in women's figure skating and the men's O.A.R. hockey team reaching the gold medal final against Germany.
Two other athletes had doping violations at the Games, a Japanese speedskater and Slovenian hockey player.
Trimetazidine, the substance found in Sergeeva's sample, has been detected in previous doping cases.