Less than a week after he reportedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, one of the curlers on a Russian team that had already officially been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics has returned the bronze medal he won in mixed doubles competition.

That's according to The Guardian's Sean Ingle, who reported Thursday that Alexander Krushelnitsky "dropped his appeal" to the international Court of Arbitration for Sport, backing off protests of "innocence" to surrender his medal to the Norway pair of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten.

Krushelnitsky, who won bronze alongside his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova, had reportedly tested positive for meldonium, a banned substance that increases blood flow and can enhance exercise, after finishing third in mixed doubles in Pyeongchang. And amid what Ingle deemed rumors of a compromise to "allow Russian athletes to march under their country's flag at Sunday's closing ceremony," the 25-year-old curler agreed to surrender his medal.

"The athlete has accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of the Games and reserved his rights to seek the elimination or reduction of any period of ineligibility based on 'no fault or negligence' following the conclusion of the Games," the Court of Arbitration for Sport said regarding Krushelnitsky, per Ingle.

Interestingly enough, the bronze that Krushelnitsky won would not have been credited to Russia anyway, seeing as though the entire country had already been barred from 2018 Winter Olympics participation after a years-long investigation into -- go figure -- a doping program. Officially, his curling medal would've been tallied in favor of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), a neutral moniker created specifically for Russian athletes who received "special dispensation" to compete in South Korea.