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Japanese Speedskater Gets Games’ first Drugs ban

Japanese speed skater Kei Saito has become the first athlete to be excluded from the 2018 Winter Olympics for a doping violation.

Saito failed an out-of-competition doping test prior to the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

The 21-year-old has left the athletes’ Olympic Village voluntarily but insists he is innocent.

He tested positive for acetalozamide, a banned diuretic which is considered a masking agent.

Masking agents are often used to cover up banned performance-enhancing substances.

The 21-year-old had not yet competed in the Games but was due to compete in the men’s 5,000m relay on Tuesday.

The CAS statement said he was provisionally suspended from the Olympics and other competitions pending a full investigation.

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