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Winter Olympics: Slovenian Ice Hockey Player Jeglic Third Athlete to Fail Doping Test

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| February 20 , 2018 , 16:12 IST

Doping scandal hits the Pyeongchang Games for the third time as Slovenia’s Men Ice Hockey player Ziga Jeglic tested positive for a banned substance and has been duly suspended for the rest of the Games.

Jeglic tested positive for fenoterol, had accepted the anti-doping rule violation and would leave the Olympics within 24 hours. Fenoterol can be taken for asthma as it facilitates breathing by opening up the nasal passage.

Jeglic who also scored the winner in the shootout against Slovakia on Saturday failed an in-competition test. He will have to wait for the final decision on his sanction only after the Games. He will be missing the game against Norway on Tuesday.

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The 29-year-old has played his entire career in Europe and has been competing in the Russian-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the past four seasons.

The Slovenian Olympic committee said Jeglic has tested four days ago and that only the ‘A’ sample had been examined before the player accepted the violation.

This is the third positive test at the Pyeongchang Games following a Japanese reserve speed skater and Russia’s bronze medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky.

Japanese short track speedskater Kei Saito was found to have tested positive for a chemical used to mask the presence of banned drugs and became the first athlete to be the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.