Russian curler's 'B' sample confirms doping result; Bronze medal in jeopardy

2018 Winter Olympic Games logo is seen at the the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang South Korea Septe

Krushelnitsky, who won mixed doubles curling bronze in PyeongChang with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, vehemently denied deliberate doping.

The delegation added that it could not explain how the substance had ended up in Krushelnitsky's system and that it had launched an investigation into the matter. For one, the drug's purported benefits ― increased blood flow and faster recovery after a workout ― don't seem particularly necessary for curling, a sport in which some athletes were known to take smoke breaks mid-match.

"Therefore, the Russian Olympic Committee has initiated a comprehensive investigation of the circumstances, which also includes the criminal investigation under the Russian Federation criminal law to establish the facts of the case in detail".

Martin Fourcade has become the first athlete to win three gold medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics after helping France to a first-place finish in the biathlon mixed relay.

"I am absolutely against doping and I have always tried to follow all anti-doping rules as closely as possible".

The Russian Olympic committee posted a letter to its website expressing "sincere regrets" for the incident. In light of that, my positive test for meldonium was a huge shock for me and for Nastya.

It was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2016.

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As a result, its athletes are competing at Pyeongchang as neutral "Olympic Athletes from Russia" (OAR) and on a bond of good behavior before it is decided whether they can march under their own flag at the closing ceremony.

Russian women's curling coach Sergei Belano says he is convinced a Russian curler charged with doping was slipped meldonium without his knowledge. On Monday, officials took the "B" sample, and hours later, the Court of Arbitration for Sport formally opened an investigation into Krushelnitckii.

Doping is notoriously rampant at the Olympic Games, though most athletes don't get caught since there are hundreds of banned substances and not enough bandwidth among anti-doping authorities to screen everyone for everything.

"Only a person devoid of common sense can use any kind of doping, and especially (through drugs) like meldonium, ahead of the Olympics where testing is at its highest level", he said.

The positive test will ignite further debate about the involvement of Russian athletes at the Games.

The incident is particularly embarrassing for Russian Federation given that its Olympic Association is attempting to rebuild its reputation following the International Olympic Committee-enforced ban on their participation in Pyeongchang due to systemic doping offences.

Only two other athletes - the Japanese short-track speedskater Kei Saito and the Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic - have failed doping tests at these Games.

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