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

CAS starts procedures for suspected doping

Winter Olympics 2018: Russian husband and wife stripped of bronze medal after he fails 'unexplainable' drugs test

The "Olympic Athletes from Russia" - as they're called due to International Olympic Committee sanctions over doping - are now guaranteed to play for a medal after sweeping aside Norway 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

"I accept a formal breach of the current anti-doping rules", the statement read, adding that he will waive his right to a court hearing on the matter because it would be "useless and senseless" for he and his wife to fight the case.

"But (if guilty), the preferred option would be to receive the bronze medal at some point during the remainder of the Olympics".

The IOC chose to ban Russian Federation from competing as a nation at Pyeongchang in December when it also suspended its national Olympic committee.

After Krushelnitsky's B sample was analysed on Monday, the OAR delegation issued a statement to confirm the positive test. As a result, he and his partner say they will surrender their medals.

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When doping scandals engulf curling, a pursuit where the absence of peak physical fitness presents no barrier to viable medal hopes, it suggests Russia's state-sponsored program is still kicking and does not, in fact, know any bounds. Russian state TV reported earlier Thursday that Krushelnitsky signed a statement saying he did indeed have meldonium in his system and meant to give back his medal.

According to TASS, Russia's Curling Federation has asked the country's investigative committee to look into the possibility of Krushelnitckii's food or drinks being spiked, including requesting CCTV footage from South Korea and Japan, where Russian curlers trained ahead of the Olympics. All 168 Russian athletes present have their banned uniforms in their suitcases, a Russian official said.

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"I know in my case I would have liked to be more fresh in some of those games and have more energy, at least mentally". "Only a insane person takes banned substances before a competition, before the Olympics. It raises a lot of questions". Four years ago, Team Russia lost to Finland in the quarterfinals in Sochi, stunning the home fans. Even if the penalties don't seem like much, considering the athletes were able to compete anyway, ultimately Russian Federation as a whole wants to be reinstated.

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