Russian bobsledder Sergeeva gets eight-month doping ban

Nadezhda Sergeeva has received an eight-month suspension. (AFP pic)

PARIS: Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva was on Friday banned for eight months after returning a positive drugs test caused by contamination at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said.

Sergeeva, who finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh, tested positive for the heart medication trimetazidine on February 18.

She admitted the offence at the time and was provisionally suspended, but subsequently said the adverse analytical finding was a result of contamination.

On Friday, CAS said they took notice of an agreement “concluded between the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and Sergeeva in relation to the athlete’s positive out-of-competition test for trimetazidine”.

“CAS notes the parties’ agreement that the source of the prohibited substance was the ingestion of a contaminated product and that an anti-doping rule violation occurred.”

The body added: “The sanction agreed between the parties is of eight months’ ineligibility commencing on February 18 and, in light of the lifting of the provisional suspension on October 5, ending at midnight on October 22”.

The International Olympic Committee agreed to allow 168 Russians deemed drug-free to take part at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang under a neutral flag. However, two of them returned positive tests during the event.

Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his mixed doubles bronze medal for taking the banned substance meldonium.