Winter Olympics 2018: Japanese ice skater Kei Saito tests positive for banned substance in first failed drugs test

Winter Olympics 2018: Japanese ice skater Kei Saito tests positive for banned substance in first failed drugs test
Japanese Olympic Athlete expelled for doping
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The 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.

“At this point, all we know is that the sample A and sample B tested positive. It is impossible for us to submit any evidence that prove them otherwise during the limited time,” Japan’s delegation leader said. “That is why we had to go with the provisional measure. The violation of the anti-doping rules has not been proven, so it is not decided yet. So please understand that point.
Japanese skater Kei Saito banned from PyeongChang Olympics for alleged doping
Japanese skater Kei Saito banned from PyeongChang Olympics for alleged doping

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.

Inbox: First case registered by the CAS Anti-doping Division in Pyeongchang pic.twitter.com/EPm8uwfRNV

Share By Karolos Grohmann Feb 13th 2018 4:48AM PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito has failed an out-of-competition doping test and was expelled from the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

Japan short track skater Kei Saito fails doping test, sent home from Olympics

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. 

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.

Winter Olympics: Japanese speed skater Kei Saito suspended after failing drugs test

“I am extremely shocked by the test results that have come back,” he said. “I have never once considered doping. I have never used anabolic steroids so I have never needed to try to hide it. I have no motive to use this substance nor do I have anything to gain by using this substance.

Japanese skater suspended in 1st doping case in Pyeongchang
Japanese skater suspended in 1st doping case in Pyeongchang

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“When I was tested on Jan. 29 during training camp, the results did not turn out any banned substances. The only way this substance could have entered my system is that I took it unknowingly and happened by accident.

“The findings are beyond me and I plan to fight to prove my innocence. But right now, I do not want to be a disturbance to my team competing at the Olympic Games, so I have decided to accept the provisional suspension and will leave the team and the village voluntarily.”

The revelation is a major embarrassment to Japanese sports, which has long prided itself on its clean image and will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics rocked by first positive drugs test as Japanese speed skater Kei Saito is found with …

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.



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