LONDON – Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom will receive an Olympic silver medal even though he was suspended from the final in Sochi after a positive drug test.
The IOC ruled Friday that Backstrom had not intended to enhance his performance, laying the blame for his positive test for pseudoephedrine on the team doctor.
Backstrom was suspended and pulled from the team hours before the Feb. 23 gold-medal game, which Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada.
The Swedes were outraged by the timing of the decision and said it affected the team’s performance.
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