Japanese speed skater in first doping case of Olympics: official


This file photo taken on February 10, 2018 shows South Korea’s Seo Yira (L) and Japan’s Kei Saito taking part in the men’s 1,500-meter short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Gangneung. / AFP/

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito has tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the first doping case of the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.

Saito, 21, failed an out-of-competition test, the anti-doping authority said in a statement, adding that he tested positive for acetalozamide, a banned diuretic which is considered as a masking agent.

The CAS statement said Saito had left the athletes’ Olympic Village voluntarily and would be provisionally suspended from the Olympics and other competitions pending a full investigation.

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