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Latvian player disqualified for failing drug test

Feb 22, 2014, 4:59 PM EDT

Vitalijs Pavlovs Getty Images

It was an Olympics to remember for Team Latvia but they’ll have a bad memory to take home with them.

The IOC disqualified forward Vitalijs Pavlovs from the Olympics for testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Martin Merk at IIHF.com has the details.

At a hearing held on Saturday, the player informed the IOC Disciplinary Committee that he has been taking food supplements upon the recommendation of the doctor of his club team and that he did not understand how this substance entered his body.

Pavlovs, 24, was making his first appearance in the Olympics and had one assist during the tournament. Along with being disqualified, he will have his diploma for finishing eighth with Team Latvia withdrawn.

Next up for Pavlovs will be to see whether the IOC and IIHF decide to punish him any further for the positive test.

  1. Wineshard - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I thought there was something strange about this guy when he would salivate when someone would ring a bell.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Yikes! From Wikipedia:

    “Since 2006 methylhexanamine has been marketed extensively under many names as an energy-boosting dietary supplement under the claim that is similar to certain compounds found in geraniums, but its safety has been questioned as a number of adverse events and at least 5 deaths have been associated with methylhexanamine-containing supplements.

    It has been banned by many sport authorities and governmental agencies.”

  3. csilojohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Its a safe bet to just stay away from anything that starts with “meth”.

  4. muckleflugga - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    now i know why mom was so put-out when we smoked her geraniums [ we blamed the jack rabbits ]

  5. ibieiniid - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    my shampoo has methylchloroisothiazolinone in it. am I gonna die?

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