A Russian curler has failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics just days after winning a bronze medal, putting the IOC’s decision not to ban all Russian athletes under the spotlight.
The Daily Mail report that Alexander Krushelnitsky, who came third in the mixed doubles curling alongside partner Anastasia Bryzgalova, tested positive for banned substance meldonium. The International Olympic Committee have yet to comment, and are likely waiting on the results of his B sample which could yet clear him of any wrongdoing.
It's important to note that you can be exonerated if you test positive for meldonium, but this does not help Russia's reputation at all. It does not appear that they have abandoned their cheating ways. Olympic victory means more to Russia than it does in many other countries. It must be a status thing.
What I don't understand is--why would you cheat when the sport is curling? Do you have to be in tip-top shape or something? I don't get it.