Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has produced the first positive drugs test with a Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito testing positive for banned drugs.
Saito, 21, reportedly failed a test when Acetazolamide was found in his system. The Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS anti-doing division, which announced the discovery, lists the substance as a “diuretic or masking agent”.
The Japanese has now left the Olympics under a provisional suspension. Saito’s drug use comes as an embarrassment for Japan, who are close to being named the hosts for the 2020 Winter Olympics.
According to CAS statement on the athlete, “Kei Saito, short track speed skating, Japan, positive out of competition test with acetalozamide diuretic/masking agent/specified substance). An order on request for a provisional suspension has been issued by the CAS ADD.
“The athlete accepted on a voluntary basis to be provisionally suspended and to leave the Olympic Village. As a consequence, the athlete is provisionally suspended from competing at the OWG Pyeongchang 2018 and at any future ISU competition pending the resolution of this matter.
“No results at the OWG Pyeongchang 2018 have been affected. The procedure the merit of the case will continue and the CAS ADD will issue a final award after the end of the Games.”
The positive test is the first ever by a Japanese athlete at the Winter Olympics.
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Author: Our Correspondents