Tuesday 23 October 2018

Second Russian athlete fails doping test at Winter Olympics

Russian Nadezhda Sergeeva has failed a drugs test
Russian Nadezhda Sergeeva has failed a drugs test

Olympic bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva has become the latest Russian athlete to test positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.

The Russian bobsleigh federation said in a post on its official Facebook page on Friday that the athlete had tested positive on Feb. 18, five days after a previous doping test returned a negative result for her.

Sergeeva has previously failed a test for Meldonium, becoming one of over 100 athletes to fall foul of the drug's new classification in 2016.

She said at the time: "I am just shocked about this news, because I am certain that I took this medication only at the end of last year, strictly under the instructions of the doctors from the Federal Medical-Biological Agency as well as cardiologists,” the 28-year-old told the R-Sport news agency.

“Of course, both the doctors who prescribed me this substance and I myself were one hundred percent certain that the meldonium would only stay in my system for two or three days and then by 1 January I would be completely clean.”

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