Winter Olympics 2018: Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic sent home after failing drugs test

The 29-year-old has been banned for the remainder of the Winter Olympics and is the third athlete to fail a drugs test while competing in Pyeongchang

Jack de Menezes@JackdeMenezes
Tuesday 20 February 2018 09:23
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Ziga Jeglic has been banned from the remainder of the 2018 Winter Olympics after failing a drugs test
Ziga Jeglic has been banned from the remainder of the 2018 Winter Olympics after failing a drugs test

Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has been kicked out of the 2018 Winter Olympics after he tested positive for the banned substance fenoterol, the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ anti-doping division [ADD] has announced.

The 29-year-old has agreed to leave Pyeongchang following his positive test, which comes as the third failed drugs test to occur during the Games.

Fenoterol is used to open up the airways to the lungs to aid with performance endurance, and Cas’ ADD also confirmed that Jeglic’s failed test had taken place during competition.

The statement added that Jeglic’s sample had tested positive for the beta-2 agonist, a specified substance, resulting in a ban for the remainder of the Winter Olympics.

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"The athlete accepted an anti-doping rule violation and, as a consequence, the athlete is suspended from competing in the remainder of the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018,” a Cas ADD statement read.

Jeglic currently plays for Russian side Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the Kontinental Hockey League, and also competed for the Slovenian national team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

He is the third athlete to fail a drugs test following Japanese ice skater Kei Saito and Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who have also both been banned from the remainder of the Games. Saito was sent home in the first week of the Olympics, while Krushelnitsky claimed a bronze medal in the mixed doubles before his failed test came to light.

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