Russia's Sergeyeva Kicked Out Of Winter Olympics For Doping

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Pyeongchang: Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeyeva has been banned from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after failing a doping test, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Saturday.

Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

Russians are competing as neutrals at the Games because of allegations the country ran a systematic drug-cheating program at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The ABC reported hours after Krushelnitsky was stripped of his medal, the Russian Olympic Committee said it had paid a $15 million fee as part of criteria to have its team reinstated at the Pyeongchang Games.

If the suspension is not lifted, the athletes will march behind the Olympic flag and in neutral uniforms, as they did for the opening ceremony.

Competing under the OAR banner means the athletes must hear the Olympic anthem rather than the Russian anthem if they win a gold, and may be unable to carry the Russian flag at the closing ceremony this weekend.

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Russian Federation is waiting to hear if the International Olympic Committee will end the suspension and allow the country to march under its national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

Pozdnyakov said he had apologised to the International Olympic Committee for the Russian's two doping violations but said they did not have a systematic character.

This was the second positive test for a Russian Olympian, after Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in mixed doubles curling, tested positive for the heart medication meldonium.

Two other athletes have also tested positive at the Pyeongchang Games.

Russian bobsleigh official Sergei Zhurkin listed theories on how Sergeeva could have ingested a banned substance by mistake, including by taking a legal drug from a tainted pill box.

Sergeyeva had said initially that she took no medication.

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