Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Russian curler fails dope test in Pyeongchang according to reports

Russian curler fails dope test in Pyeongchang according to reports

ALEXANDER KRUSHELNITCKII, the male half of the Russian mixed doubles curling team who took the Winter Olympics by storm, has reportedly failed a drugs test.

Russian Olympic medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky has denied taking a banned substance in a suspected doping case that has rocked the Pyeongchang Winter Games and could imperil Russia's efforts to regain its full Olympic status.

Now, in a bit of shocking news, Krushelnitsky and wife Anastasia Bryzgalova are set to be stripped of that metal and banished from the Olympics entirely. Why?

In the end, 168 invitations were issued to these athletes, referred to as officially olympic Athletes of Russia (SRO), who marched in the opening ceremony under the banner of the olympic games.

The Reuters news agency originally confirmed the identity of the athlete with a Russian Olympic delegation spokesman. "There was a really good pre-games testing system in place since April where, for example, the Russian athletes were tested to a significant level more than others".

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A source told AFP he had taken the banned drug meldonium - the same substance that earned Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova a suspension. Meldonium increases blood flow, which could help with endurance.

Krushelnitsky will still get a chance to present his case in front of a hearing.

Russian and worldwide media on February 18 reported that traces of the banned substance meldonium were found in the A-sample of Krushelnitsky.

The International Olympic Committee suspended Russian Federation from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics due to widespread "systemic" doping at Sochi 2014.

Svishchev also expressed shock, saying Russian curlers had been tested on January 22 before flying out to South Korea and the tests were negative.

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"I am ready to confirm that not once in the whole time that I have been in sport have I taken any banned substance or competed dishonestly in any way", he said.

"I think most people will laugh and ask, 'What could you possibly need doping for?' as I am thinking", said Madeleine Dupont, skip for the Denmark rink. It's a unusual story.

She adds the team wanted to comfort Krushelnitsky and his wife and curling partner Anastasia Bryzgalova but "we thought that there are no words to comfort now".

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team said on Tuesday that "the circumstances of the case, do not provide any answers to the questions as to how and when meldonium could have gotten into the athlete's body".

Now, if Krushelnitsky had tested positive for grain, hops and yeast I would believe that.

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