Russia’s Sergeeva kicked out of Olympics for doping

Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva had tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine.

Nadezhda Sergeeva (front) is the second Russian competing in the Pyeongchang Winter Games to be found guilty of doping. (File Photo)   -  Getty Images

A Russian bobsledder who tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics has admitted doping and been disqualified from the games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Nadezhda Sergeeva has accepted a provisional suspension but reserves the right “to seek the elimination or reduction” of her expected ban from the sport.

Sergeeva, who wore a T-shirt at the start of the games that said “I don’t do doping,” was the second Russian to test positive at the Olympics. She placed 12th in her event. Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky also tested positive and returned his bronze medal from the mixed doubles competition. Krushelnitsky admitted to having meldonium in his doping samples despite denying that he knowingly took a banned substance.

Two other athletes have also tested positive at the Pyeongchang Games. Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic and Japanese speedskater Kei Saito also left the games.

Sergeeva, who finished 12th in the women’s bobsled, tested positive for Trimetazidine, a medication used to treat angina. It affects metabolism and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Russian athletes are competing under the Olympic flag rather than their own and wearing neutral uniforms after the country’s national federation was suspended for operating a doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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