February 20, 2018 / 12:41 PM / a month ago

Russian sports minister says Olympic curler could not have doped deliberately - agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Tuesday a Russian curling medalist accused of doping at the Olympics in Pyeongchang could not have taken the substance deliberately, Russian news agencies reported.

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov addresses the media in Moscow, Russia February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“It’s obvious that in this particular case, the athlete could not have intentionally used a prohibited substance, it just does not make any sense,” the agencies quoted Kolobkov as saying.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Jack Stubbs

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