>> Shock waves across Pyeongchang Monday evening over the confirmation of a new Russian doping scandal. Curling bronze medalist, Alexander Krushelnitsky, is now under investigation. He's suspected of testing positive for Meldonium, a banned substance that improves exercise capacity. The Court of Arbitration for Sports says, no hearing date has been fixed yet.
The big question now is, why? I'm Reuters' Grace Lee in Pyeongchang, where Olympic athletes are all asking the same question, what could a curling athlete possibly gain from doping? It's one of the least physically taxing sports in the games, and the repercussions of being caught are enormous. Russians here have been competing under the neutral title of Olympic Athletes from Russia, and hoping that perhaps being on their best behavior would allow them to march under their own flags for the closing ceremonies.
That now seems highly unlikely. Fellow Russians were incredulous.>>
> He would have to be completely stupid. I just don't believe it. Alexander is an intelligent and normal boy. I don't believe that this is possible.>> Some even suggesting that Krushelnitsky's food or drink may have been spiked while staying at a Japanese hotel a week before the Olympics.
On Monday, he surrendered his accreditation and left the Olympic village. Russian athletes feared the story could even put at risk the country's chance of regaining its full Olympic status for future games. Reuters' Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber explains.>> It makes everyone feel uncomfortable because of the conditions they're already competing under.
And all but one of the 169 Russian athletes accepted the IOC invitation to compete here. But we raised the question, should someone who gets caught for doping in Pyeongchang have been invited.>> Krushelnitsky has not responded to Reuters' requests for comments. Depending on what the investigation finds, he may be stripped of his Olympic medal.