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
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...   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

(Newser) – 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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