South Korea: IOC releases statement on Russian athlete's failed doping test

SOT, journalist: «But that wasn't about testing itself. It was about allegations that somebody else may have sabotaged one of the athletes here and I would assume that the IOC would be responsible for that?» SOT, Mark Adams, International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson (English): «If it's to do with dope testing, then we would refer it to them to look into it. They would lead the... Еще investigation, not the IOC, because, quite rightly, people have pointed out for some time, that it should be independent and we have made the system independent now and we would pass it on now to DFSU and they would look into it.» International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesperson Mark Adams released an official statement and made several comments on the controversy surrounding the failed doping test of a Russian curling athlete, during a press conference held at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics main press centre, Monday. The Russian athlete Alexander Krushelnytsky, who won bronze in mixed-doubles curling modality, became the first Russian athlete to come under investigation for the alleged use of banned substances following a preliminary doping test that showed traces of meldonium, a substance banned in 2016 for increasing blood flow. Only one other athlete — Japanese speed skater Kei Saito — has failed the doping tests during the PyeongChang Olympic Games so far. A second test will be held later on Monday, to determine whether sample B matches the first sample, or if it might have been tampered with. Officials from the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) committee confirmed on Sunday evening that one of their athletes was under investigation and that an accreditation had already been handed back to the organising committee. In case of a proven positive doping test, the consequences can range from Krushelnytsky loosing his medal to the OAR being banned from marching at the closing ceremony, as this case has further ramifications with the on-going IOC implementation committee report on the participation of the Russian delegation of athletes during the games.

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