Japanese short-track speed-skater Kei Saito was suspended from the Olympics Tuesday for using a banned substance. The 21-year-old reserve skater on the men’s…
Japanese short-track speed-skater Kei Saito was suspended from the Olympics Tuesday for using a banned substance.
The 21-year-old reserve skater on the men’s 5,000-meter relay team tested positive for acetazolamide, a diuretic that can mask the presence of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
He agreed to voluntarily bow out of the games, but denied taking acetazolamide or any other drugs to gain a competitive edge.
“I have never considered doping. I have never used anabolic steroids so I have never needed to try to hide it,” Saito said in the statement. “I do not want to be a disturbance to my teammates competing at the Olympic Games… and will leave the team and the athletes village voluntarily.”
He has also agreed to leave the Olympic Village as part of his provisional suspension, which is being reviewed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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