Latvian hockey player expelled after drug test

The International Olympic Committee says Vitalijs Pavlovs tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine after Latvia's loss to Canada in the quarterfinals. (Sean Kilpatrick/AP)
February 22, 2014, 3:58 PM

SOCHI, Russia — The IOC says a Latvian hockey player has been expelled from the Sochi Olympics after failing a doping test.

The International Olympic Committee says Vitalijs Pavlovs tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine after Latvia’s loss to Canada in the quarterfinals.

He is the fourth athlete to fail a drug test at the games.

Earlier Saturday, the Ukrainian Olympic Committee said cross-country skier Marina Lisogor tested positive for the stimulant trimetazidine.

The latest positive tests follow those of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian bobsledder William Frullani.

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