On February 18, the IOC announced Russian curler Alexander Krushelnytsky tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance believed to improve circulation. His status was in limbo for days after he and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova won bronze in mixed doubles curling.
NBC reports Thursday that the medal will be returned. Krushelnytsky, competing with the Olympic Athletes from Russia after Russia was banned from the Olympics due to widespread doping, waived his right to a hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The athlete has agreed his doping samples contained meldonium but denies knowingly taking the substance. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), in a statement, said the medal will be returned. But it also looked to place blame on someone besides the athlete, noting it plans to launch an investigation into how the substance got into Krushelnytsky's system. "The results of the doping samples taken at the Olympics are not challenged," the statement reads. "The follow-up investigation will be carried out jointly by the law enforcement agencies, the Russian Curling Federation, and the athletes to establish all the circumstances of this case."