According to an International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruling issued Friday, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will receive his silver medal from the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
In case you missed the controversy when it occurred, here’s a quick recap: Backstrom was suspended by the IOC a few hours before Sweden took on Canada for the gold medal. He was cited as having elevated levels of pseudoephedrine in his system, which he said was due to his sinus medication Zyrtec-D. Sweden fell to Canada 3-0, and Backstrom’s last-second suspension prompted outrage in the hockey community.
In response to Friday’s ruling, Backstrom said he was thankful to have his name cleared by the IOC:
“While I will always be disappointed that I wasn’t able to play in the gold medal game with my fellow countrymen, I’m pleased that my name has been cleared by the IOC. It is important to me that the IOC has acknowledged that I had asked for and received specific advice from my team doctor that taking this allergy medication would not be a violation. In addition, I had disclosed my use of over-the-counter medication prior to being tested.”
The reference to the team doctor is interesting, especially since the IOC, in their statement, said the team doctor made a “serious error” in giving Backstrom permission to take the medication.
[Source: USA Today]