Finland goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen blocks a shot off a rebound by Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom during the first period of a men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Sweden's Backstrom fails doping test in Sochi

February 23, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom failed a doping test at the Sochi Games, testing positive for a substance found in an allergy medication, a spokesman for the country's Olympic Committee said Sunday.

Backstrom, who plays for the Washington Capitals in the NHL, was scratched before Sweden's 3-0 loss to Canada in the gold medal game - the last event of the Sochi Olympics.

''It was a shocking message to get,'' goalie Jhonas Enroth told the Swedish news agency TT after the final. ''We found out two hours before the match.''

Swedish Olympic Committee spokesman Bjorn Folin said the banned substance was in an allergy medication that Backstrom has taken for the past seven years.

Backstrom is the sixth athlete to fail a doping test at the games. Five of the six, including Backstrom, tested positive for minor stimulants that are often found in food supplements.


Associated Press reporter Malin Rising contributed to this report from Stockholm.


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