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Russian prosecutors say Olympic curler Krushelnitsky innocent of doping abuse accusations

May 11, 2018, 18:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Krushelnitsky won the bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang

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Alexander Krushelnitsky

Alexander Krushelnitsky

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MOSCOW, May 11. /TASS/. Russian prosecutors established that Olympic curling athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky is innocent of accusations regarding doping rules violations at 2018 Winter Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, President of the Russian Curling Federation Dmitry Svishchev told TASS on Friday.

"Finding the guilty one is the only thing that would help to partially or completely acquit Alexander (Krushelnitsky)," Svishchev said in an interview with TASS. "It will require some time, which we do not have because an athlete’s career is very rapid."

"We have received a letter from prosecutors concerning the preliminary investigation results," he said. "One thing is clear (from this letter) that Alexander is innocent, he never consumed meldonium and there was no registered fact of negligence."

Krushelnitsky won the bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang. On February 18, it was made public that the athlete tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug meldonium.

On February 19, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) opened a case against Krushelnitsky for a doping violation. The CAS found Krushelnitsky guilty of breaching the anti-doping rules and annulled his results from the Olympic Games. Both Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova were stripped of the bronze medals. The term of Krushelnitsky’s suspension is to be determined by the CAS that will rule on behalf of the World Curling Federation.

To probe the doping accusations, the Russian Curling Federation set up a special commission in February while the Russian Investigative Committee launched its own probe into the case.

Russia’s Curling Federation addressed the Russian Investigative Committee in mid-February with a message saying unidentified persons might have added the banned substance to the athlete’s meals.

The Federation also requested videos from the CCTV cameras in South Korea and Japan, where Russian curlers had been getting ready for the Olympics. Besides, the Federation plans to ask the International Olympic Committee, the Organizing Committee of the 2018 Olympics and the World Curling Federation to help it investigate the incident.

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