International Olympic Committee strips Russian curler of bronze medal for doping

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 23, 2018

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test at the PyeongChang Games, a spokeswoman for the Russian Curling Federation told state TV.

Krushelnitsky, who won the medal with his wife, had accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games, CAS said, adding that the athlete had "reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility" following the Games.

The meeting came as the International Olympic Committee ponders whether to lift Russia's suspension from the Olympics, imposed in December over a major drugs scandal, in time for Russian athletes to carry the national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony. "One of the criteria outlined by the IOC was to pay $15 million for the development of the world anti-doping system to ensure coordination between the IOC, WADA and global sports federations", the ROC said in a statement.

After the disqualification of Russian Federation bronze in mixed doubles Curling moved to Norwegian Duo Christine Moen, Skaslien and Magnus Nedregate.

He was stripped of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bronze medal Thursday. "I really hope and believe that this is temporary".

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

The IOC has said it might allow the Russians to march with the country's flag and in national uniform at the closing ceremony of the Games on Sunday, provided they have complied with its code of conduct on neutrality.

Olympics chief Thomas Bach met an aide of Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a decision about lifting Russia's Games ban - but mainly to wish him happy birthday, a spokesman said Thursday.

The ROC said it had to fulfil a number of conditions in order to be reinstated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"I recognize that a formal violation of existing anti-doping rules".

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