Russian Bobsled Pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva Fails Drug Test at 2018 Olympics

IOC member Dick Pound in a 2015

A group of National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) have stepped up their criticism of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following the decision to lift Russia's suspension if no fresh new doping cases among their athletes emerge from Pyeongchang 2018, claiming their management of the crisis has "gone from bad to worse".

The full membership will vote on the proposal Sunday, ahead of the closing ceremony.

But IOC said the suspension would be lifted - an IOC source said in "a few days or a few weeks" - if no further positive drug tests come out of the Games, where two Russians tested positive for doping.

Sergeeva - who finished 12th in the two-woman bobsleigh event in Pyeongchang - tested positive for an angina medication with performance-enhancing properties on February 18, the Russian bobsleigh federation announced on its Facebook page.

As 2017 came to an end, Russian Federation was banned by International Olympic Committee for taking part in the 2018 Winter games due to a widespread drug-cheating in which many athletes were involved.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov, head of the Russian delegation, blamed "negligence rather than malicious intent" for the positive tests in a bid to have the suspension lifted for Sunday's closing ceremony.

Appearing in a promo wearing the aforementioned shirt, Sports Illustrated reports that Nadezhda Sergeeva has tested positive for trimetazdine, a medication that is banned by the World Anti-doping Agency for affecting the metabolism.

The IOC allowed 168 Russians deemed drug-free to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag, but despite extensive vetting, two of them failed drugs tests. "It is never going to be business as usual any more in the world of sport and in Russian Federation".

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This entire investigation was instigated by whistleblowing doctor Grigory Rodchenkov, who was director of Russia's anti-doping laboratory during Sochi 2014.

The almost 170 Russian athletes won't get to parade in the white, blue and red of the Russian flag and be introduced as Team Russia.

"In light of the situation, we consider that the restoration of the rights of the ROC and all Russian athletes will be the main result of the Olympic Games that are ending today", it added.

"Thomas Bach was a drowning man", lawyer Jim Walden said on the weekend.

In a statement issued yesterday night, Wada said it "acknowledged" IOC's latest move but pointed out that Russian Federation was still not adhering to the World Anti-Doping Code.

"Some athletes stayed behind later with the hope that they would be walking under the Russian flag".

'The IOC would have considered lifting the suspension because the OAR delegation has respected the December 5 decision. "I've heard athletes say that they were staying just because they wanted to walk with the flag and in our uniform". "The acrimony caused by Bach's mismanagement should be his undoing".

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