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Russian Medallist Leaves Games Amid Doping Probe - Official

Pic: ReutersPic: ReutersGANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA: Russian curling medallist Alexander Krushelnitsky has left the Olympic village and surrendered his accreditation after being suspected of testing positive for a banned substance, a Russian Olympic delegation official said on Monday.

Delegation spokesman Konstantin Vybornov told Reuters that Krushelnitsky, who won bronze with his wife in mixed-doubles curling at the Pyeongchang winter Games, was awaiting the result of a "B" sample that is expected later on Monday.

A source at the Games told Reuters on Sunday that Krushelnitsky was suspected of having tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance that increases blood flow and improves exercise capacity in athletes.