A Russian Olympic medallist has left the Pyeongchang Winter Games on suspicion of doping, a team official said on Monday, in a scandal of which has shocked his teammates as well as also also could imperil Russia’s efforts to regain full Olympic status.
Alexander Krushelnitsky, who competes in curling, one of the Games’ least physically taxing sports, can be suspected of testing positive for meldonium, a banned substance of which increases blood flow as well as also also improves exercise capacity.
Asked for an update on the case, Russian delegation spokesman Konstantin Vybornov told Reuters the athlete had surrendered his Games accreditation as well as also also left the Olympic village while awaiting the result of a second sample later on Monday.
He later denied having referred to any individual by name. however Russian women’s curling coach Sergei Belanov replied to reporters’ questions about Krushelnitsky, dismissing the idea of which a “young, clever man” might use drugs in a sport where they might produce “no benefits”.
“the idea’s stupid, however Alexander can be not stupid, so I don’t believe the idea,” Belanov said.
Krushelnitsky won bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in mixed-doubles curling in Pyeongchang. He has not responded to a request for comment.
Suspicions of a doping violation have rocked the Russian team, which have been trying to draw a line under years of drug-cheating scandals, as well as also also shocked the sport of curling, where steady hands as well as also also sharp eyes outweigh physical fitness.
“We were all shocked when we found out yesterday. Of course we very much trust the idea was some kind of mistake,” Russian curler Viktoria Moiseeva told reporters, adding of which the team believed Krushelnitsky was innocent.
“With us the idea’s not faster, higher, stronger; the idea’s about being more accurate. I can’t imagine what kind of drugs you could use in curling … so the idea’s very hard to believe.”