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Hearing yet to be set in Russian medalist doping case, CAS says

Russian athletes participated neutrally at the Opening Ceremony but are still hoping for the suspension to be lifted before the Closing Russian athletes participated neutrally at the Opening Ceremony but are still hoping for the suspension to be lifted before the Closing
Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 01:41

Earlier on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found Krushelnitsky guilty of violating anti-doping rules at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang.

But in a statement released by the federation, he denied intentional use of the substance.

Its athletes are competing at Pyeongchang as neutral athletes, and Russian Federation had been hoping that a clean record at the Games would enable it to return to full Olympic status.

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It has been reported that Krushelnitckii tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance, and the same one that Maria Sharapova tested positive for in 2016, according to The Guardian.

Before coming to South Korea for the Olympics, the Russian curlers trained in Japan.

A total of three athletes have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in Pyeongchang: Kreshelnitckii, Japanese speed skater Kei Saito and Slovenian hockey player Ziga Jeglic.

On Wednesday, Krushelnitsky issued a statement admitting a formal violation of anti-doping rules. And Russia also has the possibility of being reinstated for the closing ceremony, allowing its athletes to march under their national flag.

"We wanted to make sure individual athletes, three quarters of whom have never taken part in the Olympic Games, should have a chance to show they're clean and can compete", Adams said.

CAS said the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) mixed doubles curling team, who won bronze at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, had been disqualified from the competition over the violation.

In a statement to the Russian news agency TASS, Krushelnitckii wrote "having weighed up the pros and cons, I chose to withdraw my case from CAS".

An investigation is due to be carried out, and Krushelnitckii said he was positive it will find him innocent.