A Russian athlete suspected of violating doping rules at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, South Korea.
Russian curling athletes said that a coach of their team told them Sunday night (South Korean time) that the winners of a mixed-bronze medal, Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for meldonium, a drug banned in 2016.
Russian Curling Federation chairman Dmitry Svishchev refused to confirm the name of the athlete.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Monday that the second sample of the athlete will be examined and the results will be obtained within 24 hours.
If confirmed positively by the second test, the incident could make the Russian team not re-enlisted in the Olympics and march under the national flag at the closing ceremony. [gp/is]