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Russian curler Krushelnitsky's B sample tests positive for meldonium - ROC

Russian curler Krushelnitsky's B sample tests positive for meldonium - ROC

Including Krushelnitsky's, Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have so far won 11 medals in Pyengchang - three silver and eight bronze.

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won bronze at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, has been charged with doping offence after testing positive for a banned substance, confirms the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Since Krushelnitsky tested clean as recently as January 22, Russian Curling Federation President Dmitry Svishchev noted on Monday to the Associated Press that the curler's food or drink could have been spiked with meldonium.

Athletes typically provide a blood or urine specimen that is divided into an A sample, which receives a preliminary screen, and a B sample, which is usually tested off site for a specific substance after a suspicious result from the A sample.

If confirmed positive by the second test, the incident could keep Russia's team from being reinstated and marching under the national flag at the closing ceremony.

Meldonium was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency [Wada] at the start of 2016, with its most high-profile case involving Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, who served a 15-month ban from the sport after she did not know it had been outlawed in the new regulations. Before it was banned, many Russian athletes used the drug, which is designed for people with heart problems and some believe can help athletes increase stamina.

No hearing date has been fixed.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - When word broke on Monday that a Russian Olympic curler was facing a doping charge, the curling world was floored.

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The skip of the Russian women's team, Viktoria Moiseeva wanted to comfort Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova but "we thought that there are no words to comfort now".

"Now knowing that they may have had an advantage against us in our games through cheating, feels frightful", added Nedregotten.

All those tests had been negative.

For curling, a sport that requires sliding a heavy stone and aggressively sweeping ice in front of it to direct its motion, doping could yield an advantage, especially in the doubles version of the event, where team members sweep more than they would on a larger team.

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov came to Krushelnitsky's defence on Tuesday, saying the athlete could not have taken a banned drug deliberately.

"We have information from our sources that the substance found was meldonium, which has not been used by Russian athletes and teams since 2015".

It's the question on everyone's minds: Why would a curler take performance-enhancing drugs? "So I feel bad for the guy if he didn't take it knowingly, but you're responsible for what goes into your body, so I think they would have to strip him of his medal".

"It's not like you don't need any muscles", Tirinzoni said.


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