Russian Curler Fails Doping Test At Winter Olympics

Russian Curler Fails Doping Test At Winter Olympics

Curling does not immediately strike one as the type of sport where drugs would be of use but it has reportedly been the subject of a failed doping test at the Winter Olympics.

Alexander Krushelnytsky, who competed for the Olympic Athletes From Russia in the mixed doubles curling has, according to reports in Russia, tested positive for meldonium. Krushelnytsky, along with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, won a bronze medal in the event.

The positive test has not yet been confirmed. The curler's b-sample will be tested tomorrow. Olympics website Inside The Games reports that Krushelnytsky believes he may have had a drink spiked while in Japan on a pre-Olympics training camp.

Meldonium came to prominence two years ago when Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for the substance. She was subsequently hit with a 15-month ban. The drug is used to treat heart conditions.


169 Russian athletes have competed at these Winter Olympics under the Olympic flag due to the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee following a doping scandal.

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