The Sochi Olympics are over but they ended earlier than usual for Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom, who missed Sweden’s gold medal game against Canada on Sunday. While his team lost 3-0 to the Canadians, the story of why Backstrom missed the game got a little hairy when a report surfaced that he had failed a doping test for the IOC.
Officially, Sweden said that Backstrom missed the gold medal game due to migraines but the AP later reported that the center had failed a doping test for a banned substance.
BREAKING: Swedish Olympic official says hockey player Nicklas Backstrom fails doping test at #Sochi2014 Games.
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 23, 2014
Whenever we hear that an athlete in any sport tests positive for a banned substance, our minds do not go to a good place. But as Yahoo! Sports writer Greg Wyshynski points out in his piece posted after the failed test, the results of Backstrom’s failed doping test aren’t as severe as you may think.
Apparently Backstrom’s failed doping test, the one that held him out of the gold medal game in which his team desperately needed him, was triggered by allergy medicine.
This isn’t an excuse coming from Backstrom either, as we hear players all the time say they don’t know what they’re putting gin to their bodies. This is coming from a report that, if true, is an epic fail by the IOC and their drug testing policy that held an innocent player out of one of the biggest games of his life.