Tom Petty used to say, “…It’s fun to get high, never come down, it’s good to be king, of your own little town…”
Some Russian athletes are taking the part about getting high and never coming down a bit too seriously.
The Russian athletes are banned from competing in the Olympics at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, due to their systematic, prevalent and government sponsored use of performance enhancing drugs.
Some Russian athletes are competing under the title of Olympic athletes from Russia. Apparently, the minor semanticdifference between Olympic athletes from Russia, as compared to the politically incorrect title, Olympic athletes of Russia, was enough to get some of them into the game.
All the same, Alexandr Krushelnitckii was caught with the substance meldonium in his bloodstream during competition in South Korea. Meldonium is a limited-market pharmaceutical made primarily in Latvia that is a treatment for coronary artery disease.
Krushelnitckii competes in the sport of curling.
Name any performance enhancing substance, legal, banned, or otherwise, and explain to us what effect it could possibly have on curling.
For those who are not fans of sliding heavy objects across ice in order to score points, the need does exist for a substance to remain awake during curling competitions. Curling, for spectators, is the rough equivalent of watching paint dry. The game was invented in Scotland during the early 16th century, as an excuse to be drunk in the morning.
Curling “athletes” were equally bewildered.
Not unexpectedly, Krushelnitckii denied taking any banned substances, telling reporters, “Only a person devoid of common sense can use any kind of doping, and especially (through drugs) like meldonium, ahead of the Olympics where testing is at its highest level,” he said.
The revelation that the Russians may have been up to their old tricks could have dire consequences for Russia’s bid to regain full Olympic status.
The claim being made by the Russian Ministry of Sports is that Krushelnitckii could not have taken a banned drug deliberately.
Perhaps some sneaky Canadian spiked Krushelnitckii’s beer with the Meldonium, although the term “Korean beer” is hard to define, even harder to imbibe.