Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: Russian curler’s doping hearing cancelled, says CAS

Alexander Krushelnitsky, bronze medallist in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics mixed doubles curling event, told Russian media it was “stupid to deny” failing two drugs tests, while the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it will announce a decision on the case later.

other sports Updated: Feb 22, 2018 13:03 IST
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Curler Alexander Krushelnitsky sweeps during the bronze medal match of the mixed doubles curling event at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on February 13.(REUTERS)

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) cancelled a hearing into the doping case of a Russian Olympic curler on Thursday, hours after reports said he had declined to appear.

“In the matter International Olympic Committee and World Curling Federation v Alexander Krushelnitsky, all parties have requested the Anti-doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to cancel the hearing today,” a statement said.

A decision in the case will be announced later and will be based on written submissions, CAS said.

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

“I am ready for the appropriate verdict, which in such cases is predictably identical,” Krushelnitsky said in a statement published by RIA Novosti.

“Due to this, having weighed all the pros and cons, I decided to pull out of the holding of the CAS hearing over my situation. I consider that under the current rules it is useless and pointless,” he said.

Krushelnitsky’s A and B urine samples both showed the presence of the banned substance meldonium, the same drug which led to a 15-month ban for Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.

His case has been controversial as he was one of 168 athletes who passed rigorous testing to compete as a neutral in Pyeongchang, where Russia are banned following the discovery of systemic doping.

First Published: Feb 22, 2018 12:35 IST