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Russian Athlete Stars In Promotional Video Against Doping. Tests Positive For Dope

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by Gabrielle Okun

A Russian Olympic bobsledder was featured in an anti-drug video despite later testing positive for doping, an official told the Associated Press Friday.

Russian-bobsledding pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva, 30, tested positive for Trimetazidine despite donning an ‘I Don’t Do Doping’ T-Shirt and starring in a promotional video against using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the New York Post.

Sergeeva was given a test last Sunday — results availed Trimetazidine traces, Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexandr Zubkov said. The World Doping Agency banned Trimetazidine (heart medication) since it also affects metabolism.

“I can tell you that on the 13th, it was clean; but on the 18th, it gave a positive result for the heart medication,” Zubkov explained. The president was also an Olympic bobsledder but lost his two gold medals after testing positive for dope during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Russia was previously banned from the Olympics in December due to athletes testing positive for doping. The International Olympic Committee(IOC) later permitted 168 (deemed-clean) Olympians to compete in the games. The IOC will decide Saturday if Russia is permitted to carry their flag during the closing ceremony Sunday, according to CBS News.

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