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The International Olympic Committee suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for systemic doping at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

In an interview with AFP, Kasper played down the doping case which led to Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky being stripped of a bronze medal after meldonium was found in two tests.

The Russians are hoping the ban could be lifted in time to parade their national flag for tomorrow's closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Other Olympic delegations said they did not want to see the Russian tricolor on Sunday.

On Saturday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meets to discuss lifting the suspension imposed on Russian Federation for running a doping system within the country and at the 2014 Sochi Games.

She tested positive on trimetazidine.

The IOC allowed 168 Russians deemed drug-free to compete in South Korea under a neutral flag, but despite extensive vetting, two of them failed drugs tests.

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"I accept a formal breach of the current anti-doping rules", the statement read, adding that he will waive his right to a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport because it would be "useless and senseless" for Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova to fight the case. The athlete recognized the violation and refused from opening of the B probe.

Sergeeva is competing under the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" designation because Russian Federation was banned from participation in the Pyeongchang Games for a state-sponsored doping program. Athletes who were clean had to prove they did not have a history of doping before being allowed to compete in the Winter Games.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said following news of Sergeeva's failed test: "We are always extremely disappointed when there is a doping case, from whichever nation it happens to be".

At the bobsleigh track on Saturday, Russian competitors were tight-lipped.

He admitted to having meldonium in his doping samples despite denying that he knowingly took a banned substance.

Russian-bobsledding pilot Nadezhda Sergeeva, 30, tested positive for Trimetazidine despite donning an "I Don't Do Doping" T-Shirt and starring in a promotional video against using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the New York Post.

"She doesn't understand where she made a mistake", he said.


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