Russian curler (you know, curling –the Olympic sport in which you watch a tea kettle glide down the ice) Alexander Krushelnnytsky and his wife took the Olympic bronze in this year’s competition. However, a drug test revealed that Mr. K had Meldonium is in his system, a drug that has been banned by the IOC since 2016. Meldonium is the drug that hurled Maria Sharapova from tennis for a season.
Meldonmium is said to increase the ability to concentrate.Yes, one would not want to miss one nanosecond of the break-neck pace of the sport of curling. Staying focused on that kettle as it glides down the ice is difficult to sustain.
The Russians explain that Mr. K took the drug only once and that there were just traces in his blood. When on thinks of doping, one thinks of baseball sluggers, Tour de France cyclists, fleet-of-foot track stars,and power-lifters. Squatting down to watch a drifting teapot defies the need for Meldonium or even toned quadriceps. However, the Russians leave nothing to chance — just the risk of getting caught.