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Russian athlete suspected of doping at Olympics

Published:Monday | February 19, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The Russian national flag (right) flies next to the Olympic flag.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP):

The Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics has announced that one of its athletes has failed a drug test.

Two Russian state news agencies cited Konstantin Vybornov, spokesman for the Olympic Athletes from Russia team, as saying the delegation received an official notification from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the positive test.

The IOC said later yesterday that it had taken note of Vybronov's statement.

Vybornov said that a 'B' sample taken from the athlete will be analysed within 24 hours, but did not name the athlete or the sport involved.

A confirmed doping case could be an obstacle to Russia's efforts to have the Russian team formally reinstated in time for the closing ceremony.

"Doping testing and sanctioning at Pyeongchang 2018 is independent from the IOC. Therefore, the IOC cannot communicate on individual cases while procedure is still ongoing," the IOC said in a statement. "However, we take note of the statement by a spokesperson of the Olympic Athlete from Russia delegation."

The IOC added that "if the case is confirmed, it will be considered" by the IOC body, which would be considering whether to reinstate Russia.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, which rules on Olympic doping cases, said it had not received any notification.

"No new case received and no rumours of it so far," Matthieu Reeb, the court's secretary general, said in an email.