Russian Athlete Who Wore Shirt Saying ‘I Don’t Do Doping’ Gets Busted…For Doping
You simply cannot make this up.
With the Winter Olympics coming to an end fairly soon, the Russians are starting to make some noise, and not in a good way.
A second Russian athlete has now failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, just one day before the International Olympic Committee’s executive board is to decide whether to reinstate the country for Sunday’s closing ceremony.
Earlier this month, Nadezhda Sergeeva was training in a T-shirt with the words “I Don’t Do Doping.”
Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexander Zubkov revealed what happened recently to the AP:
“Zubkov told The Associated Press on Friday that a drug-test sample that pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva gave on Sunday was positive.
The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics said in a statement that the substance found was trimetazdine, a medication used for angina sufferers that is listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a banned substance affecting the metabolism.
“She confirms she took no such medication and the team confirms she was not issued any medication,” said Zubkov, a former bobsledder who himself was stripped of two Olympic gold medals for the Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games. “Federation representatives at the Olympics” are starting to prepare a defense, he said.
Zubkov also said a sample she had given five days earlier was negative.”
This is not a good look for a country that was barred from the Olympics in December for doping at the Sochi Games. The IOC, however, did allow 168 athletes from the country to compete under the Olympic flag.
“This won’t win us any extra credit,” Russian delegation leader Stanislav Pozdnyakov said in comments reported by Russian media. “Unfortunately this case speaks to negligence by the athlete. She has let us down.”
Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his bronze medal after he tested positive for doping as well.