Tuesday 24 April 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: Russian curler suspected of failing drugs test in Pyeongchang - reports

Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova collect their bronze medals. Getty Images
Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova collect their bronze medals. Getty Images
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Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, the Russian curler who claimed bronze at the Winter Olympics alongside his wife in the mixed doubles, is suspected of testing positive for a banned substance in Pyeongchang, according to reports.

The 25-year-old is said to have tested positive for meldonium, which improves an athlete’s capacity for exercise. It is the same drug for which tennis player Maria Sharapova served a 15-month suspension.

Russian competitors are participating at the Winter Olympics under a neutral flag as ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’, after the International Olympic Committee banned the Russian Olympic Association following allegations of state-sponsored systematic doping.

On Sunday, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that an athlete had violated anti-doping rules at the Games. The news, if confirmed, would be another damaging blow as Russia seeks to repair its reputation in the sport.

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