Russian curler's B-sample tests positive for meldonium

Russian curler's B-sample tests positive for meldonium

This means that Krushelnitsky and his teammate, who also happens to be his wife, will be stripped of the bronze medals they won in the mixed curling event.

Krushelnitzky, 25, was one of 168 Russians permitted to compete at the Winter Olympics as neutrals after Russia was banned from sending athletes to Pyeongchang in South Korea, due to serious doping violations.

Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation confirmed on Tuesday a criminal investigation into Krushelnitzky's failed test has been launched.

The Russian Olympic Committee website then announced on Tuesday that the athlete's B sample showed the presence of the banned substance.

"The results of the doping samples taken at the Olympics are not challenged", the Russian delegation said in a statement.

Krushelnitckii accepted a provisional suspension that runs beyond the games and reserved the right to "seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility based on "no fault or negligence" following the conclusion of the games", CAS said in the statement. "Thus, the fact of a conscious or systematic use of the banned substance is not confirmed", says the statement.

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Additionally, the court said Olympic athletes from Russia's mixed doubles curling team have been disqualified from the competition.

It added that it was now awaiting the decision by CAS on any post-Games sanction.

The president of Russia's curling federation, Dmitry Svishchev, has claimed it is possible Krushelnitckii's food or drink was spiked.

Levitin is a vice-president of the Russian Olympic committee and a former transport minister in Putin's government.

According to the CAS statement, Krushelnitckii admitted to the anti-doping violation.

"The circumstances of the case do not provide any answers to the questions as to how and when meldonium could have gotten into the athlete's body", the delegation said, noting that it didn't make any sense considering a pre-games sample taken from Krushelnitsky on January 22 and all previous tests were negative.

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