That darn Sudafed!The Winter Olympics saw their second doping infraction Sunday, with the International Olympic Committee announcing it had reprimanded a Slovakian hockey player who took a cold medication containing a banned stimulant.
Lubomir Visnovsky tested positive for pseudoephedrine after a qualifying round match. The drug is a stimulant that was recently put back on the World Anti-Doping Organization's prohibited list.
An IOC disciplinary commission declared Visnovsky had committed a doping infraction. But they decided against levelling a sanction because the athlete had actually declared he was using the drug and because tests taken before and after a later game came up negative.
Visnovsky told the disciplinary commission he had taken the over-the-counter medication on the advice of a trainer with his NHL team, the Edmonton Oilers, and a doctor with the Slovakian team. He said he was not aware the product he took contained a banned stimulant.