Russian curling bronze medalist faces doping charge

Doug Mendoza
February 20, 2018

The statement said: "According to the unbiased results of laboratory analysis of Alexander Krushelnitsky's samples detected concentration of the substance can be indicative of taking it once, which is not applied in medical practice and is absolutely useless and ineffective in the context of enhancing physical performance or sports results". The information on the B sample hasn't been officially confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). "Further comments from our side will only be made after the results of the opening of the "B" doping test".

The testing is now in the hands of the Doping-Free Sport Unit, which is part of the Global Association of International Sports Federations, an IOC-recognized group that's based in Switzerland.

United States women's skip Nina Roth backed curling as a sport requiring power as well.

A Winter Olympics medalist has been charged with doping.

Adams confirmed the positive test and said it could have "consequences" in evaluating the behavior the Russian team, which was required to abide by restrictions - including bans to some medal favorites - and to undergo extra drug tests.

"Only a person devoid of common sense can use any kind of doping, and especially (through drugs) like meldonium, ahead of the Olympics where testing is at its highest level", he said in a statement published on Tuesday on the website of the Russian curling federation.

Krushelnitckii finished third in the mixed-doubles curling tournament, competing with his wife and teammate, Anastasia Bryzgalova. It was formally put on the banned list in 2016, with WADA citing "evidence of clear abuse of the substance".

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Meldonium is the substance that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was suspended for after testing positive at the Australian Open in 2016.

A Russian curler who passed rigorous vetting to attend the Winter Olympics was hit by a drug case yesterday, raising questions over the testing program and the move to let Russians compete, despite systemic doping.

Although confident the anti-doping structure is working effectively, Adams compared the challenge to that of eradicating crime.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said no date has yet been set for the curler's hearing. There is no sign that Krushelnitckii had such an exemption.

It had previously been suspected that Krushelnitsky was the Russian athlete under review.

DuPont said she does not see dope cheats when she competes against the Russian women and is confident of a clean playing field.

Russia's Aleksandr Krushelnitckii brushes the ice surface during the curling mixed doubles round robin session between the USA and the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Curling Centre in Gangneung, February 8, 2018.

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