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Russian curlers to hand back bronze medals after positive doping test: TASS

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Silvio Heinevetter standing in front of a crowd: Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics © REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics

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 spokesperson.

Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in Pyeongchang with his wife Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling, tested positive for meldonium, a drug that aids endurance. He has denied taking banned substances.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Wednesday it would hear a case against Krushelnitsky on Thursday.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; Editing by Toby Davis)

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