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Rock Band OAR Enjoying Renewed Attention Due to Pyeongchang's OAR

22 February 2018

The IOC in December determined that Russian athletes who proved they were clean would be allowed to compete as neutrals in the Games, in a team named the OAR. The sample is split into two bottles and tested separately to make sure lab equipment error doesn't result in a false positive.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement Monday it has initiated the process of reviewing Krushelnitckii's case after a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A statement in Krushelnitsky's name published by state news agency Tass said the curler accepted meldonium had been found in his sample but that he had not doped intentionally.

This means that Krushelnitsky and his teammate, who also happens to be his wife, will be stripped of the bronze medals they won in the mixed curling event.

Krushelnitckii had filed a case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after an initial positive doping test, but dropped it Thursday after failing a second test. But it offered to lift that suspension and drop the neutrality condition for the closing ceremony provided Russians observed a strict code of conduct during the Games.

"They never say "Olympic Athlete from Russia.' It's 'OAR" over and over and over", he continued. Users suggested O.A.R. songs like "Shattered" and "Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes" should play when Russian athletes win gold.

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The IOC's executive board will meet on Saturday to receive the report of a panel it had set up to assess Russia's adherence to the Pyeongchang code of conduct.

"We won a bronze medal by hard work and constant training", his statement read. "Not to mention the fact that only someone with a complete absence of common sense could use doping in any form, especially meldonium, in the lead-up to the Olympic Games, where testing is of the highest level", he added.

In a statement posted to Twitter Sunday, the International Olympic Committee declined to comment on individual cases, but said it took note of the statement by the OAR spokesman.

"'You'd never know if it was on goal or by accident", USA curling captain John Shuster said earlier this week, according to The Associated Press, "but obviously that's been banned for a year and a half and I can't imagine that that was something that happened on objective".

The Russian Olympic Committee will launch a thorough investigation into all circumstances of the incident, which will be conducted in the framework of Russia's criminal code to "establish all details".

Rock Band OAR Enjoying Renewed Attention Due to Pyeongchang's OAR