S. Korea's Olympics Has Its First Doping Fail

Japanese skater Kei Saito is out
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2018 1:40 PM CST
S. Korea's Olympics Has Its First Doping Fail
In this 2012 photo, China's Lu Xiucheng, rear, Thomas Insuk Hong of the United States, center, and Japan's Kei Saito compete in the men's 1000-meter short track speed skating competition during the first winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

The unfortunate modern angle of the Olympics: The Pyeongchang Games has now recorded its first athlete to be booted over a doping test. Japanese speed skater Kei Saito tested positive for an unspecified banned substance and will not be allowed to compete, according to a report in Kyodo News picked up by USA Today. The newspaper notes that the development is a rare blemish on Japan's reputation for clean athletes. The 21-year-old Saito's sister is on Japan's short-track team. (This Olympic skater avoided what could have been an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.)

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