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Japanese speed skater reportedly fails doping test and leaves Olympic village

Business Insider | Feb 13, 2018, 07.26AM IST

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  • Japanese speed skater Kei Saito reportedly failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics.
  • According to one report, Seito tested positive for a masking agent and left the Olympic village.
  • Seito is reportedly the first Japanese athlete to fail a doping test at the Winter Olympics.


The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang reportedly had its first failed doping test.

According to several reports, 21-year-old Japanese speed skater Kei Saito failed a doping test.

The New York Times' Juliet Macur reported that Saito tested positive for a masking agent and had left the Olympic village.

According to USA Today's Martin Rogers, the failed test will be something on a blemish for the Japanese, as they have prided themselves on clean competition, even pitching to host the 2020 Olympics on the strength of clean competition. Seito is reportedly the first Japanese athlete to fail a doping test at the Winter Olympics.

Seito will be excluded from the short-track program.

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