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Hockey player busted in Olympic doping scandal

He has 24 hours to leave the Olympic Village.

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Slovenia ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has been suspended from the 2018 Pyeongchanag Winter Olympics after he has failed his doping test, testing positive for fenoterol.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) anti-doping division announced on Tuesday that Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Games.

The 29-year-old did accept the anti-doping rule violation and will leave Pyeongchang within the next 24 hours. He was found to have taken fenoterol, which opens up the airways to the lungs, in an in-competition test.

This is yet another scandal at the Olympics, as the hockey player became the third athlete to fail a drug test at the PyeongChang Games so far.

Japanese speed skater Kei Saito was sent home from the Olympic village last week after returning a positive drug test, the first athlete to do so at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Olympic curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, who is suspected of failing a doping test, is battling the accusation against him, though the B sample has reportedly confirmed the original result.

Russia was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games following state-sponsored doping, leading up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
But more than 160 Russian athletes were allowed to compete, provided they could prove they were clean from doping, under the banner of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).

A CAS statement said: "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."

The Slovenian Olympic committee claimed that Jeglic was tested four days ago and that only the 'A' sample had been examined before the player accepted the violation.

"Ziga Jeglic will not play for Slovenia against Norway today. Until the completion of the procedure, the leadership of the Slovenian Olympic team cannot and will not make any statements," it went on to explain. Slovenia played Norway in men's hockey on Tuesday, but Jeglic was scratched from the team.

Jeglic played in all three preliminary-round games and had an assist. He also scored the winning goal in a shootout to allow his team to move to the medal round. The forward plays for the Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, where he has two goals and four assists in 26 games this season.

This is the second consecutive international tournament from which Jeglic has been suspended. He was banned for two games at the world championships last year for swinging his skate at Switzerland winger Thomas Rufenacht.

A repeat offender, if you will...