Russian curlers to hand back bronze medals after positive doping test

MOSCOW, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Russian curlers Alexander Krushelnitsky and Anastasia Bryzgalova will hand back the Olympic medals they won in Pyeongchang, the Russian news agency TASS reported, citing a Russian curling Federation spokeswoman.

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Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling, tested positive for meldonium, a drug that can aid endurance.

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Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Round Robin - Norway v China - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 11, 2018 - Anastasia Bryzgalova, an Olympic athlete from Russia, reacts. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Curling ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Mixed Doubles Semi-final - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Switzerland - Gangneung Curling Center - Gangneung, South Korea ? February 12, 2018 - Olympic Athlete from Russia Anastasia Bryzgalova delivers the stone. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 9, 2018: Olympic Athlete from Russia Anastasia Bryzgalova competes against Finland in Session 3 of the Mixed Doubles Round Robin curling competition at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre. The Olympic Athletes from Russia won 7-5. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 8, 2018: Olympic Athlete from Russia Anastasia Bryzgalova competes against Norway in Session 2 of of the Mixed Doubles Round Robin curling competition at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre. The Olympic Athletes from Russia won 4-3. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 8, 2018: An Olympic athlete from Russia (OAR), curler Anastasia Bryzgalova competes against the United States in Session 1 of the Mixed Doubles Round Robin curling competition at Gangneung Curling Centre at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games; the US curlers won 9-3. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 23, 2018: Anastasia Bryzgalova of the Russian national curling team, leaving for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, attends a departure ceremony at the Pioner cinema. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 08: Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russia delivers a stone in the Curling Mixed Doubles Round Robin Session 1 during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 8, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 22: Russia's vice-skip Anastasia Bryzgalova gestures during semi-finals the game between Russia and Korea within the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016 at the Sport Palace in Kazan, Russia on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Alexey Nasyrov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 22: Russia's vice-skip Anastasia Bryzgalova delivers a stone during semi-finals the game between Russia and Korea within the World Mixed Curling Championship 2016 at the Sport Palace in Kazan, Russia on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Alexey Nasyrov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Wednesday it would hear a case against Krushelnitsky on Thursday.

TASS quoted Krushelnitsky saying he "formally broke the anti-doping rules" and a spokeswoman for the curling federation said the admission made it certain they would return the medals won.

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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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"The court would have made the decision to strip us of our medals anyway. But since we really admit the fact that his doping probe was positive for meldonium, we hand back the medals," TASS quoted Valentina Parinova as saying. (Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Editing by Toby Davis)

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