Latvian ice hockey player guilty of Sochi steroid use


Latvian ice hockey player Ralfs Freibergs failed a medicines test at the Sochi Olympics and has been thrown out from the Games retrospectively the Global Olympic Committee announced on Friday.

Freibergs, 23, was found to get taken a testosterone-based anabolic steroid after Latvia’s quarter-final defeat to Canada.

Another Latvian participant, Vitalijs Pavlovs, also unsuccessful a drugs test and has been kicked out of the Games.

Pavlovs, 24, tested positive on February 19 for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.

Freibergs had been given the all-clear by the Latvian Olympic Committee, along with the thirty-two other members of their Sochi squad, following drug assessments before the Games.

But a laboratory in Helsinki, which carried out the particular analysis of those samples, described that the test to identify the particular steroid had been released fairly recently and had not been available to all laboratories.

The IOC said it was up to the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation to consider the appropriate action against the participant.

Freibergs turns into the eighth athlete in order to fail a drugs check in Sochi, although Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Bäckstrom was cleared of all doping accusations by the IOC disciplinary committee and allowed to hold on to his silver medal.


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Latvian ice hockey player Ralfs Freibergs failed a medicines test at the Sochi Olympics and has been thrown out from the Games retrospectively the Global Olympic Committee announced on Friday.

Freibergs, 23, was found to get taken a testosterone-based anabolic steroid after Latvia’s quarter-final defeat to Canada.

Another Latvian participant, Vitalijs Pavlovs, also unsuccessful a drugs test and has been kicked out of the Games.

Pavlovs, 24, tested positive on February 19 for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.

Freibergs had been given the all-clear by the Latvian Olympic Committee, along with the thirty-two other members of their Sochi squad, following drug assessments before the Games.

But a laboratory in Helsinki, which carried out the particular analysis of those samples, described that the test to identify the particular steroid had been released fairly recently and had not been available to all laboratories.

The IOC said it was up to the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation to consider the appropriate action against the participant.

Freibergs turns into the eighth athlete in order to fail a drugs check in Sochi, although Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Bäckstrom was cleared of all doping accusations by the IOC disciplinary committee and allowed to hold on to his silver medal.