Doping-Latvian hockey player caught doping in Sochi


BERLIN (Reuters) – Latvian ice handbags player Ralfs Freibergs tested positive at the Sochi Olympics for a banned substance, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday, bringing the total number of positive tests to eight at the Games within February.

The particular 23-year-old tested positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid on Feb 22 after offering a urine sample subsequent their quarter-final defeat to Canada two days earlier. He previously his diploma for placing eighth in the men’s competition withdrawn, the IOC said.

Freibergs, who have plays for the Bowling Green State University team within the NCAA, now faces any two-year ban from the global ice hockey federation as a first-time offender.

The Sochi Games have experienced seven more positive doping situations than the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with the IOC taking a winter Games record 2, 812 blood and urine samples for testing.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)


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BREMEN (Reuters) – Latvian ice hockey player Ralfs Freibergs tested positive at the Sochi Olympics for a banned chemical, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday, using the total number of positive tests to eight at the Games in February.

The 23-year-old tested optimistic for an anabolic androgenic steroid on Feb 22 right after giving a urine test following their quarter-final beat to Canada two days previously. He had his diploma with regard to placing eighth in the men’s competition withdrawn, the IOC said.

Freibergs, who plays for the Bowling Green State University group in the NCAA, now encounters a possible two-year ban through the international ice hockey federation as a first-time offender.

The Sochi Games have seen seven more positive doping cases than the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with the IOC having a winter Games record two, 812 blood and pee samples for testing.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)