Team Sweden had a day to forgot in the men’s hockey gold medal game vs. Canada, losing 3-0 in Sochi. Things took a bad turn for Sweden before the puck dropped when star center Nicklas Backstrom was scratched. The team initially said it was due to “migraines.”
More information is coming out and it sounds like Backstrom tested postive for a banned substance.
Yahoo!’s Greg Wyshynski provides more details. He reports the substance was an allergy medicine that is banned by the IOC.
An NHLPA source tells Yahoo Sports that Backstrom violated anti-doping rules after using an allergy medication. Some, like Claritin, contain pseudoephedrine, a banned substance by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Federation
The source said he was pulled from the locker room before Sweden’s pregame skate, after being announced in the starting lineup. The source indicated he was tested on Friday.
If this is true and Backstrom tested positive via an allergy medicine that’s a really tough break for Sweden. It’s good to see the IOC anti-doping cops are doing there work and punishing the real cheaters.
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