MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is most likely to hear a case into doping abuse accusations of Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky in September, President of the Russian Curling Federation Dmitry Svishchev told TASS on Friday.
"The court hearing has been tentatively set for September and we have already submitted all documents," Svishchev said in an interview with TASS. "I think it is because the summer is about to come and the CAS (staff) perhaps needs vacationing by the seaside."
"The extra time will play into our hands as we will do more work to process information, which will be useful for us in the court," Svishchev added.
Krushelnitsky won the 2018 Olympic bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling at the Winter 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.