It is particularly intriguing that Elistratov is the athlete criticizing the ban here, as he did not enter PyeongChang with a completely clean past. Per CNN, he was one of several Russian athletes banned in 2016 for positive tests of meldonium. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s the substance that got Maria Sharapova banned from tennis for 15 months.
Elistratov’s ban was later overturned when it was determined he might have taken the substance before it was added to the banned substance list of the World Anti-Doping Agency, as slow metabolization of the drug could have caused the positive test after it was banned.
However many rules Elistratov might have broken, he is just one part of what has been a Russian presence in PyeongChang that the IOC might not be too happy with. Plenty of Russian fans with an axe to grind are at the Games to cheer on the 168 athletes cleared by the IOC and sent to the Games.