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