Russian curling medallist disqualified after meldonium positive test confirmed

Russian curling medallist disqualified after meldonium positive test confirmed

A Russian curler who tested positive for the banned substance meldonium has been disqualified from the Winter Olympics and his mixed doubles team has had its bronze medals taken away.

In a blow to Russia's efforts to draw a line under a years-long drug-cheating scandal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Thursday that the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team had been disqualified after Alexander Krushelnitsky was found guilty of a doping violation.

"The athlete has admitted the anti-doping rule violation; he is disqualified from the mixed doubles curling event at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 and the results obtained by the team OAR at the same event are disqualified with all resulting consequences," CAS said in a statement.

Krushelnitsky and his wife had won the bronze medal in mixed doubles in Pyeongchang, but he left the Olympic village on Monday after news emerged of a possible positive test for him.

More to come.