Sweden ice hockey player fails drug test

Sweden's ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom tests positive for a banned substance at the Sochi Winter Olympics, according to the Swedish Olympic Committee.

Sweden's ice hockey player Nicklas Backstrom was omitted from Sunday's Olympic gold-medal game after testing positive for a banned substance, the Swedish Hockey Federation have confirmed.

Swedish Olympic Committee spokesman Bjorn Folin said that the forward tested positive for a substance found in an allergy medication that he has taken for seven years.

Backstrom, who is now the sixth athlete to fail a doping test at the Sochi Games, saw his teammates lose 3-0 to 2010 Olympic champions Canada in today's final at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

The 26-year-old reportedly claimed that he was suffering from a migraine prior to the final.

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Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada skates during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff against the United States on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014
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