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Russian curler Krushelnitsky says CAS to hold his doping case hearings in summer

Both Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova were stripped of the bronze medals
Alexander Krushelnitsky EPA-EFE/JAVIER ETXEZARRETA
Alexander Krushelnitsky

MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who tested positive for banned substance meldonium during the PyeongChang Olympic Games, believes his appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) would be dealt with during this summer, sports web portal reported on Friday.

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 the banned performance enhancing drug meldonium.

On February 19, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport 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.

"April 26 was set as the deadline for the investigation into my case on the territory of Russia," quoted Krushelnitsky as saying. "Then a package with all documents would be handed over to the International Curling Federation, which has 20 days to draw its own conclusions regarding this case."

"After all of these procedures are completed, the CAS will schedule a date for the hearing, and it will be only in summer," he said. "There is a long story ahead of us."

The 25-year-old athlete also said that he was training individually, while the investigation is ongoing.

"I am practicing in St. Petersburg, but individually," he said. "Besides being temporarily suspended from all competitions, I am permitted to practice alone only. There must be no one present on the ice around me when I am practicing."

To probe the doping accusations, the Russian Curling Federation set up a special commission in February, and the Russian Investigative Committee is also looking 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.