Russian Curler Returns His Medal After Doping Allegation Confirmed

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Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was found guilty of an anti-doping violation.

Alexander Krushelnitsky, the Russian Olympic curler who was suspected of taking banned substances during the Games, has agreed to return his bronze medal after testing positive for the substance meldonium, a drug typically used by endurance athletes.

CAS said the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) mixed doubles curling team, who won bronze at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, had been disqualified from the competition over the violation.

Krushelnitsky, who won the medal with his wife, had accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games, CAS said, adding that the athlete had “reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility” following the Games.

The incident is of particularly unfortunate timing, as Russia stands accused of running a long-term, state-backed doping operation.

Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Wednesday he hoped the Pyeongchang doping case would not impact the IOC’s deliberations on whether to let Russia regain full Olympic status.