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Russian bobsledder has provisional doping ban lifted

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has lifted a provisional ban imposed on one of the two Russian athletes who tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Court of Arbitration for Sport says contaminated product led to positive test at 2018 Games

Russia's Nadezhda Sergeeva and teammate Anastasia Kocherzhova speed through the tracks during the women's bobsled training run at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 18. On Monday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted Sergeeva's provisional doping ban. (Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has lifted a provisional ban imposed on one of the two Russian athletes who tested positive for doping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The court says a contaminated product caused bobsled driver Nadezhda Sergeeva's positive test for trimetazidine in South Korea in February.

The CAS anti-doping panel had disqualified Sergeeva from her 12th-place finish.

Sergeeva's case with the panel continues, but any final sanction can be reduced to take into account the seven-month provisional ban she already served.

In April, a Russian federal medical official said "organizational fecklessness" led to Sergeeva's mother, a doctor, giving her unapproved heart medicine containing trimetazidine.

The second Russian doping case from Pyeongchang involved Alexander Krushelnitsky, who tested positive for meldonium in the mixed doubles curling competition. He and his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, were disqualified and stripped of their bronze medals.

A CAS panel is expected to give its verdict in Krushelnitsky's appeal case this month.

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