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Latvian hockey player drug failures impacted Olympic hockey results

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According to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, a second Latvian hockey player who played in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi has allegedly failed a drug test.

This Latvian hockey player is unnamed at the present time. The first was Vitalijs Pavlovs who plays for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. Pavlovs failed the test after Latvia's 2-1 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals of the men's ice hockey tournament.

Under current International Olympic Committee rules, a hockey team is disqualified from the Olympic tournament once they have two players test positive for a banned substance. Why it is not one player, makes no sense.

If Latvia is disqualified from the Olympic tournament it is a shame because this was possibly Ted Nolan's finest coaching performance of his career. No one expected Latvia to shock Switzerland 3-1 and then lose by only one goal to the gold medal winning team from Canada by a score of 2-1.

Also if Latvia is disqualified, they will be recorded with zero wins beside their name. But try telling that to Switzerland, the reigning World Championship silver medalists, who could have posed an even greater threat to Canada in the quarterfinals.



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