Bronze medalist of the Winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, the Russian Alexander korlingist Krushelnitsky brought a formal apology to the fans. According to the athlete, he never took illegal drugs and supports an “early” investigation of the case.
First of all, I want to apologize to my partners on the Olympic team, our delegation and all the fans for not being able to protect myself and Nastya [Bryzgalov] from the problems that we have faced today.
The curlingist admitted that the doping scandal at the Games caused great damage to his sport and all Russian sports. He stressed that he always followed the anti-doping rules.
My positive test for meldon in this regard was for me and for Nastia is not just a shock. This is a huge blow both in reputation and in career. Not to mention that only completely devoid of common sense people can use any kind of dope, and even more so as meldonia, on the eve of the Olympic Games, where testing at the highest level.
On February 20, the doping test B confirmed that before the Olympics Krushelnytsky had taken meldonium once. The circumstances of the incident are still unknown.
Earlier Krushelnytsky with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova won a bronze medal, which became the first in history for Russian curling. Later, the athlete left the Olympic village.
The Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne (CAS) registered the case against the curling. According to preliminary data , Krushelnytsky could both accept meldonia, and become a victim of provocation. According to one of the versions, he could be poured a drug at the training camp in Japan before the Olympics.