Russian Curlers to Give Back Bronze Olympic Medals After Positive Doping Test

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Announced by the International Olympic Committee on December 5, the ban was based on the results of a protracted probe that concluded Russian Federation ran a state-sponsored doping scheme during the 2014 Games it hosted in Sochi.

Krushelnitsky, who failed two tests after winning a bronze medal with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in the mixed doubles curling, sent a message to RIA Novosti saying "I confirm this".

Krushelnitsky, who won mixed doubles bronze along with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, has protested his innocence and officials have hinted at foul play. Previously, a report will be presented by "the implementation group" established by the IOC to oversee the behaviour of the athletes the Russian participant in the olympic games.

"They never say Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation".

According to Reuters, Russian Curling federation president Dmitry Svishchev said he hoped that the surrendering of the medal is a "temporary measure".

Alexander Krushelnitsky's hearing following a positive test for meldonium will be held in Pyeongchang on Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping division has announced.

In their statement Tuesday, Russian officials sought to tread a fine line between accepting responsibility for the doping violation and expressing doubts that Krushelnitsky had knowingly taken meldonium, a heart medicine that increases blood flow and has been banned from most sports since 2016.

He echoed a general bewilderment among curling athletes who could not fathom why anyone would use drugs that aid endurance in a sport that is a kind of chess on ice, needing steady hands and concentration rather than physical fitness.

A statement in Krushelnitsky's name published by state news agency Tass said he accepted the substance had been found in his sample but that he had not doped intentionally. Krushelnitsky passed a drug test on January 22 and several others before that, the Russian officials said.

Krushelnitsky's A and B urine samples both showed the presence of the banned substance meldonium, the same drug which led to a 15-month ban for Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.

The IOC has said it might allow the Russians to march with the country's flag and in national uniform at the closing ceremony of the Games on Sunday, provided they have complied with its code of conduct on neutrality.

It is widely believed that Russian Federation chose not to fight the doping charge as part of a deal to for its athletes to march under their own flag at the end of the Games.

"It could have benefited those guys (OAR) as they had a really late game when they lost their semi-final", he said.

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