20 Feb 2018 18:20

Russian curler's positive doping test suspicious, needs to be scrutinized - Russian sports minister

MOSCOW. Feb 20 (Interfax) - The fact that Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs needs to be thoroughly analyzed, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said.

"This is definitely a glitch. Now, it's important to find out who's responsible for it. Obviously, the athlete could not have used a banned substance deliberately in this particular case, for this makes absolutely no sense. And, in principle, curling is not a sport in which unscrupulous athletes engage in doping," the Sports Ministry's press service quoted Kolobkov as saying on Tuesday.

"I understand that it's a hard time for Sasha and all his teammates now, and so I urge everyone not to yield to unnecessary emotions and to avoid conjectures. Nobody has accused anyone so far, but the fact remains that we have to find out how the substance could have gotten into [Krushelnitsky's] system and when."