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IOC disqualifies a 2nd Latvian hockey player for positive doping test at Sochi Olympics

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 14, 2013 file photo, Finland's Juhamatti Aaltonen, left, vies for the puck with Latvia's Ralfs Freibergs during the 2013 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championships Group B preliminary round match in Helsinki. Two months after the closing ceremony, the Sochi Olympics broke a Winter Games record Friday, April 25, 2014 when a Latvian hockey player became the eighth athlete disqualified for a positive doping test. Ralfs Freibergs was retroactively kicked out of the games by the IOC after being found guilty of a steroid offense, the third hockey player and second from Latvia caught for doping in Sochi. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari, File) FINLAND OUT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC has retroactively disqualified Latvian hockey player Ralfs Freibergs for failing a doping test at the Sochi Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee says Freibergs tested positive for a banned substance on Feb. 22 after Latvia's 2-1 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals.

A three-person IOC disciplinary panel found him guilty of a doping offence, disqualified him from the Canada game and expelled him from the Sochi Olympics.

Freibergs is the second Latvian hockey player kicked out of the games for doping. Vitalijs Pavlovs was disqualified after testing positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine after the loss to Canada.

Latvia finished eighth in the Olympic tournament, which was won by Canada.

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