It’s the question on everyone’s minds: Why would a curler take performance-enhancing drugs?
To put it politely, curling is not a sport that requires a wealth of athleticism. Heck, that accessibility is part of its appeal. And yet, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky has now been formally charged with doping after testing positive for meldonium, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Russia’s relationship with meldonium has repeatedly come up in the news since its ban in 2016. A group of roughly 40 Russian athletes, including 2018 bronze medal-winning speed skater Semen Elistratov, were suspended and later exonerated for testing positive for the drug due to the long time the drug stays in one’s body, which meant that the athletes might have taken the substance before it was banned and not after. Maria Sharapova was also banned from tennis for 15 months after testing positive for the drug.
In the video above, Yahoo Sports took a closer look at why a curler might take meldonium and was left without a good reason, which kind of says it all.
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