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The straight dope on compliance

Bill Coffin | February 26, 2018

Like many who enjoyed the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, I found myself strangely interested in the sport of curling. And as I tried to decipher the rules as the games played out, the last thing I expected to see was a doping scandal.

On Sunday, February 18, Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky was forced to return his bronze medal for mixed doubles curling after he tested positive for meldonium, a banned heart medication. News of the offense spread like wildfire throughout the Olympic village, and was an unwelcome black eye for all Russian athletes at the games, who were competing under the Olympic flag, rather than the Russian one. After the Sochi games, it was discovered that Russia had engaged in an extensive state-sponsored doping program, and... To get the full story, subscribe now.