Short-track skater suspended in 1st Winter Games doping case
China's Lu Xiucheng, rear, Thomas Insuk Hong of the United States, centre, and Japan's Kei Saito, compete in the men's 1,000 meter short track speed skating, in Innsbruck, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, February 12, 2018 9:52PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:14AM EST
PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of -- The first doping case of the Pyeongchang Olympics has been announced.
Officials say Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito has tested positive for acetalozamide, a diuretic that is also a masking agent which can disguise the use of other banned substances.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Saito "accepted on a voluntary basis to be provisionally suspended and to leave the Olympic Village."
Saito did not race in any event before the test result from a pre-competition sample was confirmed. His official blog says he's 21 and was competing in his first Olympics.
CAS says its judging panel handling Olympic doping cases will issue a final verdict after the games are over.
The highest court in world sports handles the prosecution of doping cases, and the International Olympic Committee is responsible for testing athletes.