22 Feb 2018 09:10

CAS cancels hearing in Russian curler Krushelnitsky's doping case

MOSCOW. Feb 22 (Interfax) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has canceled the hearing of the case of Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, who recently tested positive for the banned substance meldonium at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

All parties, including Krushelnitsky himself, have requested the Anti-doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ADD) to cancel the hearing on Thursday, CAS said in a statement.

"As a consequence, no hearing will take place and the CAS ADD will render a decision this afternoon on basis of the parties' written submissions," it said.

It was reported on Wednesday that Krushelnitsky had decided not to contest the fact that his test samples had revealed the presence of a banned substance at CAS. Russian Curling Federation press secretary Valentina Parinova said shortly afterwards that he would have to return the bronze medal he had won at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Krushelnitsky and his wife and partner in the mixed doubles curling, Anastasia Bryzgalova, won the bronze at the games several days ago.

The Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) delegation said in an official statement posted on the Russian Olympic Committee website on February 20 that Krushelnitsky's Sample B tested positive for meldonium.