27 Feb 2018 17:22

Russian Curling Federation vice president to lead commission probing Krushelnitsky case

MOSCOW. Feb 27 (Interfax) - The Russian Curling Federation has set up a commission to investigate the circumstances in which the banned substance meldonium could have gotten into Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's body.

"A commission has been set up to investigate Krushelnitsky's case. It is being led by Yury Andrianov," the federation's vice president, its press service told Interfax on Tuesday.

The commission will be tasked with gathering information to find out how Krushelnitsky's test samples could have tested positive for meldonium and cooperate with law enforcement bodies and international organizations.

Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova, his wife and partner in mixed doubles curling, were deprived of the bronze the couple won at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang after Krushelnitsky's test sample revealed the presence of meldonium. The Russian Curling Federation has maintained that the concentration of meldonium revealed in the athlete's system indicates that the substance was taken only once, which is useless in terms of performance enhancement.