Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's B sample tests positive

  • Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's B sample tests positive

Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's B sample tests positive

Curlers going for gold in PyeongChang are far more athletic than they were at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, when Canadian skip Eddie "the Wrench" Werenich was told by the Canadian Curling Association to lose a few pounds so as not to embarrass the country and the Olympics.

A statement released by the Russian delegation suggested that Krushelnitsky, who teamed up with his wife to win bronze in mixed curling, had not knowingly taken the heart medication meldonium, the banned substance he tested positive for.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement Monday it has initiated the process of reviewing Krushelnitckii's case after a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The doping violation committed by Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been confirmed by the Russian Olympic Committee website, which announced on Tuesday that his B sample revealed the presence of a banned substance.

"That's not cool", Nedregotten said. "That's not cool, that's hard to accept, feeling that youve been kept out of the light".

Now Norway's Magnus Nedregotten has called on organisers and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to expedite the process so he and partner Kristin Sasklien can learn if they have been promoted to third.

Russian officials are also barred from attending the games, the Russian flag is not being flown or displayed, and the Russian anthem will not be played, per a New York Times story.

More than 15 Russian athletes, including Olympic champion figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova and world champion swimmer Yulia Efimova, have tested positive for meldonium since the ban was introduced by the WADA.

The Russians had been hoping that a clean record at Pyeongchang would persuade the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to allow them to march at the closing ceremony on February 25 with the Russian flag and in national uniform.

As punishment for its unprecedented doping scandal, Russia was forced to have its 169 Russian athletes (who'd all tested clean) at this year's games compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under the Olympic flag wearing drab gray livery rather than under the Russian flag in their national colors.

To be honest, I think I believe him.

"With us it's not faster, higher, stronger; it's about being more accurate".

The International Olympic Committee said there could be 'consequences for Russian Federation. He didn't speculate on how that could have happened. No date was set for the hearing.

If Krushelnitsky is found guilty, Nedregotten said he and Skaslien would prefer to receive their medal during the Olympics. "And now knowing that we may have been robbed, and having to sit at home and wait to see what happens is obviously emotional, and very stressful".

"There hasn't been a day since the Olympics where I haven't thought about coming fourth", Nedregotten said.