Originally Posted by oqvist
It´s an allergy medicine he has had a subscription for in 5 years and is legal in the NHL... Somehow managed to get a to high dose of pseudoefedrine or what it´s called.
The absolute strangest thing is that he was tested positive in the quarter finale but somehow they got informed 2,5 h prior to the match and not 48 hours which is the norm. Somebody in ioc want attention or it´s som Canadian officials that really pushed this ban and get it as late as possible to disrupt the preparations. He is free to play in NHL it seems but a personal tragedy nonetheless.
You know that's just not so at all. Canada has zero pull in the IOC (did you see all the Europeans on the International Hockey Committee and not 1 North American at the medal presentation?) and we've discussed the powers of the NHL are all centred in the US. Simple fact, he knew that Claritin could be a problem and he SHOULD have taken care himself not to go over. He messed up...his fault. His team should have been on top of it too.
NHL is one thing, the Olympics is something totally different and they have ZERO tolerance for this stuff. Athletes know this and need to be careful. The only tragedy here is his inability to realize this. He tested over and unless someone force-fed him, it was all his fault. Rules are rules...
Trust me, Canadians are very confident of our team and would have loved to have him play. To say otherwise is totally unfair and sour grapes! If he was Canadian, it wouldn't have been an issue as he wasn't good enough to make the team.
Edited by MacedonianHero - 2/23/14 at 11:13am