Olympics: Curler found guilty of doping, "disqualified": CAS


The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirm that they have opened an investigation into Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitzky after he failed a drugs test.

Amidst this controversy, the athlete has left the Olympic Village as he awaits the results of the second sample which will come on Monday.

Slovenia men's ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.

Alexander Krushelnitsky, a bronze medallist along with his wife in mixed-doubles curling, is suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, the source said. A hearing date has not been set, the statement said.

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Russians are competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics as neutral athletes after the national team was barred over allegations of state-sponsored doping, which Moscow denies.

Aleksandr Krushelnitsky stands next to curling mixed doubles partner Anastasia Bryzgalova on the medals podium after winning the bronze in Pyengchang, South Korea, on February 13.

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

Over 100 Russian athletes were found to have used the substance in 2016, most notably tennis star Maria Sharapova. The news comes in the wake of Russians being barred from competing under the nation's flag due to widespread doping.

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International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said at a daily press briefing Monday it would be "extremely disappointing for us if a case is proven".

Russian curling federation president Dmitry Svishchev said the Russian curlers were tested on January 22 ahead of flying out for the Winter Games, and the results were negative.

Athletes who passed a rigorous screening process were allowed to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation".

A confirmed doping case could be an obstacle to Russia's efforts to have the Russian team formally reinstated in time for the closing ceremony. "It raises a lot of questions".

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