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More Questions Than Answers With The Backstrom Positive Substance Test

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

A couple of hours before the biggest game of his young career, Nicklas Backstrom made his way to the Bolshoy Ice Dome and began warming up for the gold-medal tilt between his Swedish national team and Canada.

But by the time that game had started, Backstrom had been whisked away to a disciplinary hearing with International Olympic Committee officials over a positive test for a banned substance -- an element in an allergy medication that Backstrom has been taking for seven years, according to Swedish Olympic Committee officials -- and told he could not compete for his country.

It is absolutely mind-boggling that it came to this.

Backstrom provided the urine test in question on Wednesday, after the Swedes' quarterfinal win over Slovenia. He alerted doping officials that he was taking the medication. According to Swedish and International Ice Hockey Federation officials, the normal turnaround for such tests is 48 hours, and yet the general manager of the Swedish national team was informed that Backstrom had exceeded the threshold for an element found in the medication only two hours before the gold-medal game.

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It is an allergy medicine but…..http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/features/1998/weekly/980202/nhlstory.html?mobile=no

Posted by Jack McFly on 02/24/14 at 12:00 AM ET

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I can’t believe that nobody i talking about the fact that members of the IOC held him down and forced him to unknowingly take a banned substance!

Oh, what’s that?  He did it willingly and his doctors encouraged him to do it while knowing that it wasn’t legal in the Olympics?  Interesting.

Funnier still is that people are acting like he was screwed by being told on Sunday.  How about the fact that they didn’t tell him before the semifinal game, allowing him to play that game when he should’ve been suspended?  Didn’t he have a point in that game, affecting the outcome of the game while he should’ve been sitting in the press box?

If anything the IOC helped guarantee Sweden a medal by delaying the ruling.

Posted by Garth on 02/24/14 at 04:57 PM ET

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