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Russia’s curler Krushelnitsky submits appeal with CAS against four-year suspension

On February 19, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport opened a case against Russia’s curling athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky for a doping violation

MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. Russia’s curling athlete Alexander Krushelnitsky has filed an appeal against the December ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to impose a four-year ban against the Russian, Andrei Mitkov, an agent for the athlete, told TASS on Thursday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne ruled on December 4 to impose a four-year ban in regard to Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky citing violations of anti-doping regulations. According to the court’s ruling, the four-year ban came into force as of February 12, 2018.

"Krushelnitsky filed an appeal with the CAS division of appeals against the CAS Anti-Doping Division’s ruling as of December 4 regarding the four-year ban," Mitkov said.

The Swiss-based court announced on December 4 that the decision on the four-year ban could be appealed within 21 days since the notification of the athlete at the issue.

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.