Sweden standout Nicklas Backstrom fails doping test at Sochi Games, team lashes out at IOC

  • Article by: LARRY LAGE , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 12:50 PM

SOCHI, Russia — Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom watched from the athletes village as his teammates lost to Canada in the Olympic hockey gold-medal game because he failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication.

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fromupnortFeb. 23, 1411:11 AM

Who woulda thunk that these super athletes were doping.

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JRBFeb. 23, 1411:14 AM

Apparently rules are not meant to be broken.

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Lifeguard06Feb. 23, 1412:56 PM

more ammo for the league to prevent the players from playing in future olympics

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billpayerFeb. 23, 14 1:45 PM

Curios how Sweden's top player is informed right before Gold Medal game...with all the injuries to the NHL players, this will be the last hoorah with pros in the Olympics.

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railroadFeb. 23, 14 1:48 PM

Olympics are not clean themselves.. Look at the Women's skating championship... Judge was friends with Russian women..Politics have always played a part of winning

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kkjerFeb. 23, 14 3:15 PM

It is just sudafed, and is used for sinus problems.

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hobie2Feb. 23, 14 4:18 PM

Yes, it is important for the International Olympic Committee to keep potentially cheating players who take an antihistamine for allergies from competing, even if the Olympic doctor approves. To do otherwise might tarnish the IOC's reputation as a fair and ethical governing body of high moral fiber. If they don't, some people might accuse them of chasing money over sport - or even being on the take - when choosing the sites; or not trust them in selecting fair and impartial skating judges; or not defer to their ethics in stopping athletes memorial stickers on helmets when the IOC fee has not been paid; or its stand against immorality in passing out 100,000 condoms to athletes; and other things that they have done in the past several years that might have the public believing the IOC wasn't the pinnacle of morality , fairness, and honesty... Of all the groups on the planet one should trust that the process is ethical and fair is the International Olympic Committee... right...

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mwellcomeFeb. 23, 14 5:25 PM

The IOC has too much power -- same thing with the NCAA. They both really need to be put in their place. Power hungry arrogance.

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fargo11Feb. 23, 14 6:07 PM

Apparently Lutefisk is a banned substance.

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hoytlakerFeb. 24, 14 7:13 AM

I'm supposed to be shocked that the IOC is political in its decisions, and that the NHL players go through the motions in 2 out of 3 games? So predictable.

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