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Medal winner Krushelnitsky defiant as drugs probe begins under was

By Robert Jones

The circumstances of Winter Olympics medal-winning Russia curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's positive test for Meldonium are being investigated, the Olympic Athletes from Russia team has announced.

On Monday the Court of Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping division launched proceedings against Krushelnitsky, who won mixed doubles bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalov, with the 25-year-old's B sample also positive.

The OAR delegation issued a statement yesterday which said: "The circumstances of the case do not provide any answers to the questions as to how and when Meldonium could have gotten into the athlete's body".

Krushelnitsky has also responded by saying he has never taken a banned substance.

"I am ready to openly state that I have never, never during the time that I practice sports, used forbidden drugs and any other dishonest ways of competing," he said in a statement.

"I am absolutely against doping and I have always tried to follow all anti-doping rules. My positive test for Meldonium was, for me and for Nastia, not just a shock. This is a huge blow both to our reputation and career."

Krushelnitsky added: "I, more than anyone else, am interested in conducting an investigation as soon as possible to find out the reasons for what has happened."

The OAR said Krushelnitsky provided a clear drug sample on January 22 and that for Meldonium, which increases blood flow, to be performance-enhancing it must be used regularly and over a prolonged period.

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