Russian curler's second sample tests positive for meldonium

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's second sample has tested positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Russian Olympic delegation said in a statement on Tuesday.

Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife in mixed doubles curling, had been under investigation over a suspected anti-doping violation.

The delegation said it could not explain how the substance had ended up in Krushelnitsky's body and it was launching an investigation into the case.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Moscow bureau; Editing by Mark Bendeich)

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Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Norway - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky, an Olympic athlete from Russia, sweeps. Picture taken February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Norway - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic athletes from Russia, sweep. Picture taken February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Norway - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic athletes from Russia, celebrate after winning the bronze. Picture taken February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Norway - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic athletes from Russia, hug after winning the bronze. Picture taken February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Norway - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic athletes from Russia, celebrate winning bronze. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Final - Canada v Switzerland - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Bronze medalists Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova, Olympic athletes from Russia, celebrate during the victory ceremony. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Norway - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 13, 2018 - Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, an Olympic athlete from Russia. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Round Robin - Norway v China - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky, an Olympic athlete from Russia, reacts. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Round Robin - South Korea v Olympic Athletes from Russia - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 10, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky, an Olympic athlete from Russia. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Round Robin - South Korea v Olympic Athletes from Russia - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 10, 2018 - Alexander Krushelnitsky, an Olympic athlete from Russia, shouts. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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