Norway curler feels 'robbed' of glory in Russian Federation doping drama

Alexander Krushelnitsky is reported to have failed a drugs test for meldonium

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Monday it has opened a case on the curling bronze medalist from the Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation team who failed a drug test at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

He had earlier said that Russian curlers were tested on January 22 before arriving in South Korea and the tests were negative.

Sozin said he believed US security services had somehow "put something" into Krushelnitsky's water or tampered with his drug test sample.

Krushelnitsky was one of 168 athletes passed as "clean" and allowed to compete as neutrals after a targeted testing programme stretching back over several months.But it has emerged that he failed his A and B test samples and CAS will now decide if there has been a violation and possible sanctions.

"It can't happen at the Olympic Village because everyone eats the same canteen food", Svishchev said.

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was suspended for 15 months after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in 2016.

'And I don't believe a young man chooses risk or will use the same drug that has been around for two years, he said.

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Switzerland women's skip Silvana Tirinzoni leaped to defend the fitness level of curlers, saying even the most laid-back of Winter Olympic sports requires above-average levels of strength. A hearing date has not been set, the statement said.

"Curling, in theory, in not the kind of sport in which dishonest athletes dope", he added.

The skip of the Russian women's team, Viktoria Moiseeva wanted to comfort Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova but "we thought that there are no words to comfort now". "So it's just unfortunate, because I know them, we've played in the same mixed doubles tournaments of that team and they're good people".

Krushelnitckii wasn't the only athlete who tested positive in South Korea.

"First of all, I want to apologise to my partners on the Olympic team, our delegation and all the fans for not being able to protect ourselves and Nastya from the problems that we faced today", Krushelnitckii said in a statement, sent to insidethegames.

"We've always said how great it is that we have a sport where scandals don't happen because we really don't need it", said Viktoria Moiseeva, skip of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation women's team.

A curler's performance enhancing drug of choice is an ice cold pint of their favourite beer. "So I feel bad for the guy if he didn't take it knowingly, but you're responsible for what goes into your body, so I think they would have to strip him of his medal".

Tirinzoni said if the reports were confirmed, they would be disappointing. "I'm sure surprised", she said.

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