The charge against Alexander Krushelnitsky, who won the curling mixed doubles bronze medal last week with his partner Anastasia Bryzgalova, stands in stark contrast to curling's noteworthy adherence to good sportsmanship, an ethos known as "The Spirit of Curling".
"The circumstances of the case do not provide any answers to the questions as to how and when meldonium could have gotten into the athlete's body", the delegation said, noting that it didn't make any sense considering a pre-games sample taken from Krushelnitsky on January 22 and all previous tests were negative.
Still, according to some estimates, more than a third of elite athletes use some sort of drug to boost their performance, making it possible some Russians were still experimenting with performance enhancers.
Russian authorities have begun what they describe as "a comprehensive investigation" of the circumstances behind the positive test, which includes a criminal investigation.
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Russia hopes a doping case at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will not hurt its campaign for full restoration of its Olympic status, the Russian sports minister said on Wednesday, on the eve of a formal hearing into the case.
"I am categorically opposed to doping and have always strived to follow the conformities of all anti-doping rules with maximum attention".
"We express our honest regret over the fact of this incident", the Russian spokesman said. My positive test for meldonium in this regard was, for me and for Nastia, not just a shock.
However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed on Monday that it had registered an anti-doping procedure involving Krushelnitckii. That's why the WADA banned its use, which resulted in Maria Sharapova's 15-month ban from tennis competition. "We kind of stopped playing after 30 minutes, we can't do that in the tournament so we need to take a little rest", Kovalchuk said.
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Though to the uninitiated, the idea of a curler using performance-enhancing drugs may seem weird, the sport does demand a high level of athleticism at the Olympic level.
The Russians, who are competing at the Pyeongchang Games as neutral athletes and under the Olympic flag because of a vast doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games, said Tuesday they want to open a criminal investigation to find out who could have caused this positive result.
Moon made the comments after giving a reception for Russian sports officials at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, two days after news broke of a doping scandal at the Pyeongchang Games involving a medal-winning Russian curling athlete.
Russian women's curling coach Sergei Belano says he is convinced a Russian curler charged with doping was slipped meldonium without his knowledge.
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Krushelnytsky and Bryzgalova were the first Russian athletes to compete, as their event, mixed doubles curling, took place before the opening ceremony.