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Russian curler stripped of Olympic medal for doping

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 22 February 2018, 16:42 IST
Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics, has pulled out of a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing to discuss his case, saying it was "stupid" to deny the presence of meldonium in his system

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bronze medal on Thursday after being found guilty of doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said. "The athlete has admitted the anti-doping rule violation; he is disqualified from the mixed doubles curling event," the court said in a statement.

The 25-year-old was one of 168 Russian athletes who passed rigorous testing to compete as neutrals in Pyeongchang after Russia were banned over a major doping scandal.

Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium, which is believed to help blood circulation, after winning bronze in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalov. 

The International Olympic Committee will this week decide whether to lift Russia's suspension in time for Russian athletes to carry the national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony, taking into account the conduct of their athletes in Pyeongchang.

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First published: 22 February 2018, 16:42 IST