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Short-Track Skater From Japan Suspended in 1st Winter Games Doping Case

Officials say Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito has tested positive for acetalozamide

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    Short-Track Skater From Japan Suspended in 1st Winter Games Doping Case
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    PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 06: Kei Saito of Japan trains during Short Track Speed Skating practice ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

    The first doping case of the Pyeongchang Olympics has been announced.

    Officials say Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito has tested positive for acetalozamide, a diuretic that is also a masking agent which can disguise the use of other banned substances.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Saito "accepted on a voluntary basis to be provisionally suspended and to leave the Olympic Village."

    Saito did not race in any event before the test result from a pre-competition sample was confirmed. His official blog says he's 21 and was competing in his first Olympics.

    CAS says its judging panel handling Olympic doping cases will issue a final verdict after the games are over.

    The highest court in world sports handles the prosecution of doping cases, and the International Olympic Committee is responsible for testing athletes.