2018 Winter Olympics doping thread

Let's get the ball rolling:

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 had not yet competed in the Games but was due to compete in the men's 5,000m relay on Tuesday.

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

The CAS statement said Saito had left the athletes' Olympic Village voluntarily and would be provisionally suspended from the Olympics and other competitions pending a full investigation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43040184
 
TMP402 said:
Let's get the ball rolling:
Japanese speed skater Kei Saito has become the first athlete to be excluded from the 2018 Winter Olympics for a doping violation.
Indeed that is a surprising one, because the article says no Japanese athlete ever tested positive at the Winter Olympic Games before. So, that one is historic in an unfortunate way.
Short-track speedskating relay is so short in duration that hydration might not matter much, compared to long-track or any endurance sport. The diuretic for weight loss makes sense, it might not be a "masking agent" for something else
 
TMP402 said:
Let's get the ball rolling:

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 had not yet competed in the Games but was due to compete in the men's 5,000m relay on Tuesday.

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

The CAS statement said Saito had left the athletes' Olympic Village voluntarily and would be provisionally suspended from the Olympics and other competitions pending a full investigation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/winter-olympics/43040184
Nice find. I honestly thought it would be the Norway x-country team.
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
TMP402 said:
Let's get the ball rolling:
Not much rolling going on at these Winter Olympics by the anti-doping officials (politicians), is there?

Just one athlete so far - crikes, you gotta be kidding me!
Not even one athlete...it was an out of competition fail prior to the games:
Saito failed an out-of-competition doping test prior to the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said
 
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Parker said:
Britain won a gold medal today. They got three medals in one day for the first time ever. What is wrong with you people?
Britain being good at skeleton is not surprising, and the only other sport they've got a medal in is slopestyle. You ask most people the drug they associate with people who do those frivolous X-Games stuntriding sports, the one that comes up most often isn't a performance enhancer. And there's not been any talk of doping in the skeleton, but there has been a controversy about the race suits along the lines of the track cyclists' Rio gear, but I know too little about skeleton to really understand whether there's anything to it.

You seem to be hoping for somebody to jump in and confirm your preconceived notion that the Clinic just hates the British, but while that's not an entirely unreasonable preconception, surely the fact that Britain's best ever Winter Olympic day attraction zero attention in the Clinic is a pointer that perhaps it's not Britain in and of itself that has caused the reactions in the Clinic, but rather its sports administration and regulation which, coinciding with the unprecedented level of success across a number of sports off the back of a number of individuals, some more suspicious, some less suspicious, making up just one element of the reason there is a disproportionate amount of attention paid to the British in the Clinic. I personally don't think winning three medals in skeleton and one in slopestyle - mostly from people who were considered before the Games to be among the medal contenders as far as I know - really merits much Clinic attention at all unless any of the four had any previous.
 
Was there a article about the effect of Meldonium anywhere that I could be linked to ?


Had a friend (who is in medicine) suggest it wasn't performance enhancing, so a good article to link them to would be appreciated
 
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Parker said:
Britain won a gold medal today. They got three medals in one day for the first time ever. What is wrong with you people?
Gold medal for GB ala Froome. She was born in and still lives in US.
 
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Catwhoorg said:
Was there a article about the effect of Meldonium anywhere that I could be linked to ?


Had a friend (who is in medicine) suggest it wasn't performance enhancing, so a good article to link them to would be appreciated
look up sharapova on this and other forum it seems there are a few papers on its PE effects
 
The meldonium was banned as performance-enhancing because it can increase blood circulation to the periphery as a vasodilator = some more oxygen available for muscle exertion. And related to carnitine as well, that would give some more complex effects
Also supposedly inhibits conversion of testosterone to estrogen - so that is effectively anabolic / androgenic, for both men and women. Like making more use of the same amount of testosterone produced naturally in the body. Which would be a smart doping strategy, because the athletes can say truthfully: that they didn't use synthetic steroid drugs, their body just makes it. As far as I know, Sharapova never had a legitimate medical condition requiring meldonium.

For the sport of curling, it seems almost absurd to use the meldonium. Because scrubbing the ice vigorously, while walking intermittently, doesn't require doping - it's a subtle skill, not endurance through suffering. And, the curling stones slide well on the ice, without requiring massive muscles. Maybe the Russian curling athlete also competes in some other kind of sport in his homeland.
 

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