Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva tests positive for banned heart drug

IOC President Thomas Bach leaves a news conference with Mark Adams IOC Chief of Communications. Reuters

IOC President Thomas Bach leaves a news conference with Mark Adams IOC Chief of Communications. Reuters

This was the second positive test for an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, after Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in mixed doubles curling, tested positive for the heart medication meldonium.

Sergeeva and her brakewoman Anastasia Kocherzhova finished in 12th place in the two-woman bobsled competition on Wednesday.

The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said Sergeeva had tested positive for "a heart drug" that "was not prescribed" by its medical team.

Russian fans react after the men's quarter-final ice hockey match between Norway and the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 21, 2018.

The IOC has previously indicated that it could lift the suspension at the end of these Games, allowing the Russians to display their national flag at the closing ceremony. The athletes allowed to come to Pyeongchang are competing as neutrals under the name Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAS).

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And Ors, which was delivered on February 8 by a three judge Bench of Justices Arun Mishra , AK Goel and M Shantanagoudar . It also requested other benches of the Supreme Court to defer hearings of matters on the subject.

15 million USA dollars to restore membership of the Russian Olympic Committee, which it was deprived of due to a doping scandal, the ROC said in a statement Thursday. "Maybe it was done specially for this Olympics, and then they will calm down".

There are 168 athletes competing in the OAR team, who won their first gold of the Games on Friday through 15-year-old Alina Zagitova in the women's figure skating.

But they left the door open for the team to march under their own flag and be readmitted to the fold at Sunday's opening ceremony.

The drug involved in the Sergeeva case has not yet been disclosed, but meldonium was the substance Krushelnitsky tested positive for. The drug was banned by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) in 2014.

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