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MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. Russia’s curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has decided against filing an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against his four-year ban over doping abuse allegations, his agent Andrei Mitkov told TASS on Friday.

Krushelnitsky initially submitted documents for an appeal with the Swiss-based court against his four-year suspension on December 25, however, he had to pay a fee of 1,000 Swiss francs (over $1,000) before January 11 for his appeal to be heard in the court.

“Alexander has decided against his appeal with the CAS,” Mitkov said.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland’s Lausanne ruled on December 4 to impose a four-year ban in regard to Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky citing violations of anti-doping regulations. According to the court’s ruling, the four-year ban came into force as of February 12, 2018.

The Swiss-based court announced on December 4 that the decision on the four-year ban could be appealed within 21 days since the notification of the athlete at the issue. The Russian athlete submitted documents for the appeal, but was unable to pay a required fee of 1,000 Swiss francs.

Krushelnitsky won the 2018 Olympic bronze with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in mixed doubles curling at the Winter Games in PyeongChang. On February 18, it was made public that the athlete tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug meldonium.

On February 19, the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) opened a case against Krushelnitsky for a doping violation. The CAS found Krushelnitsky guilty of breaching the anti-doping rules and annulled his results from the Olympic Games.

Both Krushelnitsky and Bryzgalova were stripped of the bronze medals.

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