April 21, 2018

Russian bronze medallist found guilty of doping

23 February 2018, 02:06 | Kristopher Drake

Stanislav Pozdnyakov the head of the Russian delegation said that they want to see their flag flying more than winning medals

Stanislav Pozdnyakov

"We have signed a statement that indeed he did have [meldonium in his urine sample] and as a result we will give the medal back", Russian Curling Federation spokeswoman Valentina Parinova told state TV channel Rossia 1.

In this case, the International Olympic Committee is expected to conduct the reanalysis of samples curlers arrived 4th, the Norwegians, and then consider repurposing the bronze medal.

"That's not cool. That's hard to accept, feeling that you've been kept out of the light".

South Korean President Moon jae-in has hailed the participation of Russian athletes at the Winter Olympic Games despite criticism of the decision to allow them to compete amid the country's doping scandal.

Krushelnitckii had won bronze in the mixed doubles curling event with his partner and wife Anastasia Bryzgalova.

The delegation expressed its "sincere regret" in the incident, but said Krushelnitsky would not have benefited from the drug based on the concentration that was found in the tests. We do not tolerate doping in our sport.

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Krushelnitsky, who has been disqualified from these Games and has had his athlete accreditation revoked, could face further sanctions from the World Curling Federation.

Krushelnitsky has also responded by saying he has never taken a banned substance. Mixed doubles started a day before the opening ceremony. "Not to mention the fact that only someone with a complete absence of common sense could use doping in any form, especially meldonium, in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, where testing is of the highest level", he added.

"The test taken from Alexander Krushelnitsky before the start of the Olympic Games on January 22 - as well as all the previous ones - was negative".

Russian Olympic officials have even suggested the possibility Krushelnitsky may have had his food or drink spiked by rival political or athletic enemies.

"The sample tested positive for meldonium, confirming the presence of the banned substance in his body", Vybornov said, reports Tass news agency.

For meldonium to be performance-enhancing it must be used on a regular basis and over a prolonged period of time, the OAR statement added.

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