Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom will receive his Olympic silver medal after being absolved of taking a performance-enhancing drug during the Sochi Games.
The International Olympic Committee's Disciplinary Commission ruled Friday that Backstrom, the Washington Capitals forward who was suspended for the gold-medal game against Canada after testing positive for pseudoephedrine, took the drug on advice of the Swedish team doctor and "there was also no indication of any intent of the athlete to improve his performance by taking a prohibited substance."
Backstrom released a statement via the NHLPA:
"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," he said. "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."
Had the Disciplinary Commission ruled that Backstrom was at fault, he would not have received a silver medal. Sweden lost 3-0 to Canada in the gold-medal game on Feb. 23.
But instead of blaming Backstrom, who reportedly took the medication for allergies, the Disciplinary Commission said that Dr. Bjorn Waldeback was at fault for the positive test.
"(He) made a serious error by advising the athlete that his use of Zyrtec-D would not give rise to an adverse analytical finding," the commission report said. "In the event that Dr. Bjorn Waldeback applies for an accreditation to a future edition of the Olympic Games, the IOC Disciplinary Commission strongly recommends that the IOC should seriously consider Dr. Waldeback's role in the athlete's anti-doping rule violation when assessing whether to grant such an accreditation."