Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitckii, who won a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug at the Winter Games, a spokesman for the Olympic Athletes from Russia team says. The team says it will investigate to learn how the banned drug came to be in the curler's system.
OAR spokesman Konstantin Vybornov issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the "B" sample, which had been opened for testing yesterday, had returned the same result as the "A" sample: a positive for the presence of meldonium. The drug, sometimes prescribed to treat heart conditions, is believed to boost athletes' recovery.
"We express our sincere regret over the fact of this incident," the Russian spokesman said.
While Vybornov acknowledged that the test confirmed the presence of meldonium in the curler's system, he added that an earlier test had been negative.