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IOC to reconsider position on anti-Russian sanctions

Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitsky is suspected of meldonium use
13:29, 19 February 2018

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is disappointed that Aleksandr Krushelnitsky, Russian curler had a positive probe on doping. He is suspected of taking meldonium. The Committee can reconsider the stance on Russian athletes now. Mark Adams, IOC press secretary said it, DW reports.

If the athlete did take drugs, this would affect the IOC’s decision on lifting sanctions against Russia.

“If suspicion of doping use is confirmed, it will be such a disappointment for us,” Mark Adams stressed.

As we reported earlier, Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitsky, the Olympic bronze winner is suspected of meldonium use. He left the Olympic village and returned accreditation. Now, Krushelnitsky is waiting for the results of B doping test, which will be announced on February 19. Anti-doping Department of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) opened a case against Russian athlete.

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As 112.international reported earlier, Russian athletes perform under a neutral flag during the Olympics-2108 as the IOC decided.

Russian athlete Aleksandr Krushelnitsky left his Olympic accreditation and abandoned the Olympic village in PyeongChang due to suspicions in the use of meldonium, the performance-enhancing drug. 

Previously, the IOC warned the Russian delegation that there could be a possible violation of anti-doping rules by a Russian athlete - after he underwent a test for doping use. The Russian side did not identify the athlete, saying it is to wait until the result of the second probe.  

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