Moscow - The Russian curler who failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics
has pulled out of a hearing about his case at the Court of Arbitration
for Sport (CAS), the RIA Novosti state news agency reported.
It quoted the head of the Russian delegation at the Games, Stanislav
Pozdnyakov, as saying that Alexander Krushelnitsky had withdrawn from
the CAS hearing.
Krushelnitsky, who failed two tests after winning a bronze medal with
his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in the mixed doubles curling, sent a
message to RIA Novosti saying "I confirm this."
The CAS hearing is set for 2:00 pm Korean time on Thursday, according to the court's website.
RIA Novosti also published a statement from Krushelnitsky in which he
said that it was "stupid to deny" the fact of doping when the A and B
tests had shown the presence of a banned substance, meldonium.
"I am ready for the appropriate verdict, which in such cases is predictably identical," he said.
"Due to this, having weighed all the pros and cons, I decided to pull
out of the holding of the CAS hearing over my situation. I consider
that under the current rules it is useless and pointless," he said.
The athlete has said that the positive tests were a shock, while
Russia's sports minister Pavel Kolobkov said that there was no point for
him in taking the endurance-boosting drug as it was "pointless" for
Krushelnitsky was one of 168 athletes passed as "clean" and allowed
to compete as neutrals after a targeted testing programme stretching
back over several months.
A source close to the case told AFP that Russia has paid the $15
million it was fined in December when it was suspended by the
International Olympic Committee for mass doping at the 2014 Sochi
The payment of the fine is one of the IOC's key criteria in deciding
whether to lift Russia's suspension before the Pyeongchang Winter
Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday.