Russian Olympic medallist suspected for doping at Winter Games

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Krushelnitsky won bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in mixed-doubles curling. He was not yet proved doping and his coleagues don’t believe this was possible, arguing that is not known a substance which could improve performance in curling.

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Facts appeared already in a sensitive situation. Russia has been accused of running a state-backed, systematic doping program for years, an allegation Moscow denies. As a result, its athletes are competing at Pyeongchang as neutral “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (OAR), and banned from using their national flag or anthem. 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 Feb. 25 with the Russian flag and in national uniform. Russian curling federation president Dmitry Svishchev said Russian curlers had been tested on Jan. 22 before flying out to South Korea and the tests were negative.

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