MOSCOW — The Russian curler stripped of a bronze medal for doping at last year’s Winter Olympics, Alexander Krushelnitsky, has dropped plans to appeal against his four-year ban.
Krushelnitsky’s agent, Andrei Mitkov, said on Friday in a statement that “yesterday (Krushelnitsky) decided to abandon the appeal to (the Court of Arbitration for Sport). Perhaps one day he will explain why.”
Mitkov had been appealing for donations to fund the appeal, though the Russian Curling Federation told Russian media the appeal would almost certainly fail.
Krushelnitsky won bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in the mixed doubles event — Russia’s first medal under the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” name imposed as punishment for earlier doping scandals — but they lost the medal when he tested positive for meldonium. Krushelnitsky argued he was spiked with meldonium by an unknown person, but didn’t identify any suspects.
CAS banned him for four years last month, saying his “arguments were not supported by reliable or credible evidence.” That rules him out of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.
Russian athletes were not allowed to compete under their own flag in Pyeongchang as punishment for past doping offenses. They had to pass extra vetting before the games and competed in neutral uniforms.
Krushelnitsky’s doping case and another involving a bobsledder helped delay the lifting of the sanction until after the closing ceremony. The bobsledder, Nadezhda Sergeeva, accepted an eight-month ban in October after claiming her failed test was down to a contaminated supplement.
Only two other countries recorded a single doping case each in Pyeongchang, one involving a Japanese speedskater, the other a Slovenian hockey player.
The International Olympic Committee plans to donate €500,000 ($562,000) to the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in the 2024 Olympic host city.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he wants to see Notre Dame restored within five years.
“The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,” IOC president Thomas Bach wrote in a Wednesday letter to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, according to a translation by Agence France-Presse, which reported Notre Dame is on the planned marathon and road cycling routes. “All the Olympic Movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”
More than $500 million has been pledged overall from around the globe after a fire ravaged the 850-year-old cathedral on Monday.
NBC News has more on the Notre Dame fire here.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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NHL All-Stars Jack Eichel, Ryan Suter and Cory Schneider join previously named captain Patrick Kane to lead the U.S. at next month’s world hockey championship in Slovakia, seeking the nation’s first title at a standalone worlds since 1933.
Sixteen players were added to the roster in Thursday’s announcement with more to come before worlds open May 10 and more teams get eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, making more players available. The IIHF allows up to 25 players per nation.
Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will be the U.S. head coach for a third straight worlds. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.
Sweden is trying to become the first nation to three-peat at worlds since the Czech Republic in 2001.
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Preliminary IIHF World Championship Roster
Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks)
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)
Luke Glendening (Detroit Red Wings)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)
James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers)
Colin White (Ottawa Senators)
Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks)
Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings)
Brady Skjei (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)
Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks)
Cayden Primeau (Laval (AHL))
Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)