Japanese Olympic speed skater suspended for doping

Japanese Olympic speed skater suspended for doping

Japanese short track speed skater Kei Saito has vowed to fight to clear his name after becoming the first athlete to be excluded from the 2018 Winter Olympics over a doping offence.

Saito, a reserve athlete who had not yet competed in South Korea, was provisionally suspended after testing positive for masking agent acetalozamide and a final ruling would be issued after the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

Acetazolamide - also called "water pills" - increases the volume of urine, effectively diluting it and making other banned substances tougher to detect, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"I have never considered doping", he said in the statement. I have never taken a steroid so there is no need for me to mask something, and I never had to drop weight by using this medicine.

The Japanese Olympic Committee plans to provide more details on Tuesday. The following evening, the International Olympic Committee notified the JOC the B sample also came back positive. "I want to stress the "provisional" part of this decision".


If a Russian athlete wins the gold, the Olympic theme song is played while the victor is on the podium instead of the country's national anthem.

He competed on Saturday in the short track speed skating 1,500 metres but was eliminated in the heats. "That is why we had to go with the provisional measure".

The positive test recorded by Saito, 21, is the first ever by a Japanese athlete at the Winter Olympics.

It only took a few days to reveal the first positive doping test of the Winter Olympics.

Japan's chef de mission Yasuo Saito said that Kei Saito had a doping test at a January 29 training camp for the Games and had tested negative.

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