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Sports court opens doping case against Russian curler

Le Russe Alexander Krushelnitsky lors de l'épreuve du double mixte de curling aux Jeux de Pyeongchang, le 12 février 2018
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16 clean athletes were allowed to partake in the Olympics after Russia was banned due to doping probe

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had opened an anti-doping case against Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky on Monday.

"The CAS Anti-Doping Division has initiated a procedure involving the athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky," a statement said.

Krushelnitsky, a mixed doubles bronze medalist, found himself at the center of allegations he had taken the banned drug meldonium.

The revelation sparked disbelief, with many wondering what advantages doping might bring in such a precision-based event.

Russia was banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics in December following a probe into state-sponsored doping but 16 clean athletes were allowed to take part as independents representing the OAR.

Sergei Belanov, women's curling coach for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, dismissed reports that Krushelnitsky had taken the banned drug.

"No benefits. No advantage," said Belonov. "And I don't believe a young man chooses risk or will use the same drug that has been around for two years.

"It's stupid and Alexander is not a stupid man."

A spokesman for the OAR said Sunday an A sample from "a Russian athlete" showed a possible violation of anti-doping rules, and a B sample would be tested on Monday.


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