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Russian Curling Athlete’s Scandal at Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

Russian curling athlete, Alexander Krushelnitsky, admitted to using meldonium when participating in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This is a banned substance in sports competitions.

Russian media on February 21, 2018, simultaneously reported that the curling athlete, Alexander Krushelnitsky, of the country admitted to using meldonium. At the same time, he voluntarily returned the Bronze Medal that he and his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, won a few days ago in the curling couple.

The media quoted Russian curling Federation spokeswoman Valentina Parinova as saying that, along with the confession, the athlete Krushelnitsky vowed not to appear in the expected hearing of the Sports Arbitration Court (CAS). took place on February 22, thinking that his presence right now was meaningless.

Krushelnitsky’s acknowledgment was a blow to Russia’s efforts to improve the image of sports after the doping scandal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. December 2017 for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to consider easing the ban on athletes.

Krushelnitsky is one of 168 Russian athletes authorized by the IOC to compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games as a neutral athlete after proving that he is clean before doping. Krushelnitsky’s scandal also made the opportunity of the Russian flag to appear at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018 becoming more fragile than ever.

Earlier, the IOC left open the possibility that Olympic athletes from Russia would receive the flag on the closing night if they respect and absolutely adhere to the rules set by the organization.

There have been three cases of doping use during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, including Japanese speed skater Kei Saito, Slovenian ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic and Alexander Krushelnitsky.

WADA stated that it has conducted 17,000 tests since April 2017 and 2,500 urine and blood samples will be tested during the 17-day competition of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games. WADA President Craig Reedie expressed hope this will create fair and honest competition environment in accordance with the Olympic spirit. He emphasized that all of WADA’s anti-doping efforts are aimed at providing a true playground for the athletes.

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Curling At Olympic Sochi 2014

An interesting and very old sport in Russia that will be competing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is Curling.

Curling was born long ago in 1541 in Scotland. And the first time the sport made its debut at the Olympic Games was in 1924 at Chamonix. But it was not until the 1998 Nagano Olympics that ice hockey was brought back to the official games at the Winter Olympics.

Curling seems simple and easy to play but not so. It is also a sport that combines both personal and teamwork, as well as the tactics needed to win, so it is also known as ice chess.

Curling competes within the area of a rectangular ice rink of 42.06m long and 4.75m wide, similar to a bowling alley. At the two ends of the ice rink, there are two circles of blue outer border, white edge, red inner band and white center with the radius of 1.83m, 1.22m, 0.61m and 0.15m respectively. Players of both teams will stand at the two ends of the field called “Hack” to throw weights towards the center of the “house” circle at the other end of the field.

The dumbbell used in Curling is called “Stone”, which is a 20kg round stone slab with a handle on the top for players to pick up and throw on the ice.

Looking at the form of competition of the shot on the barbell is quite simple. However, in fact this subject requires a very high level of precision every time the players calculate the coordinates and directions to coordinate with the hand throwing the dumbbell to the target position. Curling is also an object that is carefully analyzed about the impact of the friction force and the direction of the dumbbell’s rotation, making it more interesting for fans to learn the natural principles of matter. Therefore, throwing weightlifting on ice also needs sophisticated tactics. Not only that, Curling also causes the athletes to lose a lot of energy.