PyeongChang Olympics Medal Count: Norway Upgraded To Curling Bronze After Russian Doping

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 25, 2018

However, controversy has followed the team, with bronze-medal mixed doubles curler Alexander Krushelnitsky testing positive for meldonium.

Krushelnitsky, bronze medallist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics mixed doubles curling, earlier told Russian media it was "stupid to deny" failing two drugs tests.

Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii has professed his innocence, with staunch backing from the Olympic Athletes of Russia (OAR) team, after he failed a drugs test.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed on Monday that it had registered an anti-doping procedure involving Krushelnitckii.

According to reports in a Russian news agency citing a Russian curling Federation spokeswoman, Krushelnitsky and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova will hand back the Olympic medals they won in Pyeongchang.

So much for Russian curler Anastasia Bryzgalova being one of the breakout stars of the Winter Olympics.

And the OAR said Krushelnitsky provided a clear drug sample on January 22.

Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) has paid $15 million to help develop worldwide anti-doping efforts as part of the conditions set for the country's possible return to the Games, it said on Thursday.

It is a new blow to the olympics and Russian Federation, shown on the finger for the past two years and the revelations of the report McLaren on cheating organized by the sports authority of Russian Federation in the framework of the olympic Games of Sochi in 2014.

The case has caused bewilderment among curling athletes.

"But (if guilty), the preferred option would be to receive the bronze medal at some point during the remainder of the Olympics". That's because, due to Olympic sanctions for a nationwide doping operation, Russian competitors are competing in South Korea as "OLYMPIC ATHLETE FROM RUSSIA".

The revelation over the weekend that Russian curler and bronze medallist Aleksandr Krushelnitckii tested positive for a banned substance will be a stain on the report, one International Olympic Committee official said. "I hope this will not influence the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on February 24 on the return of Russian Federation into the Olympic family".

"I accept a formal breach of the current anti-doping rules", the statement read, adding that he will waive his right to a court hearing on the matter because it would be "useless and senseless" for he and his wife to fight the case.

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