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Winter Olympics 2018: First positive doping test reported
12:24, 13 February 2018
Winter Olympics 2018: First positive doping test reported

Japanese speedskater Kei Saito failed a doping test in South Korean PyeongChang

12:24, 13 February 2018

AFP

A first positive doping test of the Winter Olympics was reported in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito named as the culprit, the USA Today reported.

Later Tuesday, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) released information on the test, citing acetalozamide as the illegal substance. Acetalozamide can be a masking agent and is used as a diuretic.

Saito was tested after training on Feb. 4, as he was preparing for bed in the Athletes’ Village in Gangneung, according to the Japanese Olympic Committee. The Japanese short-track team arrived in Korea only that day. 

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Saito has left the Olympic Village and agreed to a provisional suspension, but also issued a strong denial and vowed to fight to clear his name.

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The positive test recorded by Saito, 21, is the first ever by a Japanese athlete at the Winter Olympics. Saito was a reserve on Japan’s 5,000-meter men’s relay team, which competes during Tuesday's short-track session at Gangneung Ice Arena.

His sister, Hitomi Saito, is also on the Japanese short-track team.

As we reported earlier, Russian Olympic athletes are competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia.

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