Olympics-Russian curlers to hand back bronze medals after positive doping test

Olympics-Russian curlers to hand back bronze medals after positive doping test”

Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling, tested positive for meldonium, a drug that aids endurance.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Wednesday it would hear a case against Krushelnitsky on Thursday.

Krushelnitsky waived his right to a CAS hearing, and the decision was based on written evidence.

An Olympic curling bronze medalist from Russian Federation was found guilty of violating an anti-doping rule at the PyeongChang Winter Games and was stripped of his medal, an worldwide sports arbitration body announced Thursday.

The Russian Olympic delegation in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has launched an investigation into the case.

The International Olympic Committee will this week decide whether to lift Russia's suspension in time for Russian athletes to carry the national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony, taking into account the conduct of their athletes in Pyeongchang. There has even been a banner emblazoned with the face of Russian president Vladimir Putin, including a statement translated by the Associated Press to read: "No one is stronger than Russia in winter sports".

"I accept a formal breach of the current anti-doping rules", he was quoted as saying.

Russian curling officials have said they believe Krushelnitsky's food or drink could have been spiked with meldonium either by Russia's political enemies or by jealous Russian rival athletes who had not made the Olympic team.

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