The organisers of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have recorded the first positive drugs test in the ongoing competition in South Korea.

Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito failed an out-of-competition test and was suspended for doping after Acetazolamide was found in his system.


The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said the 21-year-old voluntarily accepted his provisional suspension after an out-of-competition test showed substance as a ‘diuretic or masking agent’.

Saito had been due to compete Wednesday in the second heat of the Men’s 5,000 Meter Relay, according to the official Games website.

Winter Olympics 2018: Japanese speed skater suspended after Acetazolamide is found in his system

A CAS statement read: ‘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.’

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