PYEONGCHANG- Alexander Krushelnitsky, Russian Olympic Medalist has denied taking a banned substance. After reports that the Olympian had left Pyeongchang after his failed dope test, allegedly testing positive for meldonium.

Responding the mixed doubles curler, is to face the Court of Sport of Arbitration in the near future and in a statement released by Russian curling federation on their website, he said,

“Only a person devoid of common sense can use any kind of doping, and especially (through drugs) like meldonium, ahead of the Olympics where testing is at its highest level,”

Russian sport minister Pavel Kolobkov has come to Krushelnitsky defence,  “It’s obvious that in this particular case, the athlete could not have intentionally used a prohibited substance, it just does not make any sense,” Kolobkov told TASS news agency.

“Curling, in theory, is not the kind of sport in which dishonest athletes dope,”

“We express our sincere regret for this incident,” it said in a statement.

“We completely share and support the position of the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency in terms of zero tolerance for doping and are taking all necessary measures for those who are guilty to be held as responsible as possible.”

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