A Russian Olympic athlete tested positive for a drug that has been banned since 2016, and could lose the bronze medal he won in the ongoing Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii tested positive for meldonium. He won a bronze in the new event on Tuesday as part of the mixed doubles team, where he also participated with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged getting a report on the matter but said it could not comment on it yet as the organization does not control testing and sanctioning at the Games.
The IOC in December suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for a system of doping that the country operated from 2011 to 2015. Said Russian system subverted anti-doping protocols at the Sochi Olympics, where urine samples were swapped out through a hole in the wall.
The IOC then set up a review panel to check on potential Russian participants. The panel examined various pieces of evidence related to doping, including an electronic database and also probed into the athletes’ testing history.
The IOC stressed that “only athletes for whom there was no suspicion were invited to the Games.”
If the doping reports are confirmed, Krushelnitckii could not only lose his medal but could also lessen the chance that Russia will see its flag in the closing ceremony. It would also put into question the vetting process the IOC used to determine who would be invited to Pyeongchang.
The Goldwater earlier reported <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/18342-Anastasia-Has-A-Lot-Of-Men-Watching-Curling">how Krushelnitckii’s wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, is creating such a buzz at the Olympics</a> with her beauty and appeal, even for playing a game that does not usually attract attention at the Olympics. The Russian beauty has even drawn comparisons with Hollywood superstars Angeline Jolie and Megan Fox for her looks.