In the doping test B Russian curling Alexander Krushelnytsky found banned substances, according to the website of the Russian Olympic Committee.
An autopsy and analysis of Krushelnytsky’s doping test took place on February 19, the test gave a positive result.
We express our sincere regret over the fact of this incident. Along with this, the circumstances of the incident do not now give an answer to the questions, how and when the meldonia could get into the athlete’s body.
The study showed that Krushelnytsky used meldonium only once. The Committee stressed that the circumstances of the incident are still unknown.
It is well known that the effect of using meldonia is achieved exclusively with its regular course use, and metabolites are fixed in the human body about 9 months after the end of the drug intake.
The concentration of meldonia found in the sample indicates that a single use of the drug, which is not used in medical practice, is absolutely meaningless from the point of view of achieving any therapeutic effect on the human body.
The committee noted that before the Olympics Krushelnytsky always had negative tests, that is, without traces of prohibited drugs. Thus, according to the ROC, “conscious or systematic use is not confirmed.” The committee initiated an investigation into the situation under Russian law.
On February 18, the media reported that in a doping test Krushelnitsky found meldonia, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The athlete denies his guilt. Before that he and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova won a bronze medal, which became the first for Russian curling in history. On February 19, Krushelnytsky left the Olympic village.
The Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne (CAS) registered the case of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) against the athlete. The Curling Federation of Russia sent a statement to the Investigative Committee asking “to sort out the situation.” According to Kommersant, Russia is developing “various options” for protection from Krushelnytsky’s accusations of doping, not excluding “provocation” and “doping terrorism.”
Probably, the IOC will annul the bronze medals of Krushelnytsky and Bryzgalov. Because of the case of Krushelnytsky, Russia can also be banned from attending the closing ceremony of the Olympics under its flag. In addition, because of doping can tighten the measures against Russian athletes in the upcoming Olympic Games.