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>> The first drugs allegation at the Winter Olympics. Japanese short-track speed skater Kei Saito failed a doping test on the day of his arrival in Pyeongchang. Japan team Team officials say he's now being expelled from the Games. Saito was a reserve athlete who had not yet competed in South Korea.
He was provisionally suspended after testing positive for a masking agent. That's a drug that can be used to cover up band performance enhancing substances. This is the first open case during the testing period of the Olympics in South Korea and it comes as Tokyo prepares to host the Summer Games in 2020.
The athlete said he was stunned by the finding, denying he has ever doped. But, he said he decided to accept the ruling so as not to burden his team. The team chief said an initial test on Saito in January had come back negative. He added that while the suspension was only provisional, it was better for the athlete to leave as there was no time to clear his name.
Doping cases are rare among Japanese athletes and this is the first for the country at a Winter Olympics. Last month however, sprint canoeist Yasuhiro Suzuki admitted to spiking a rival's drink with an antibiotic steroid to scuffle his Olympic dream. He was banned for 8 years over the incident.