Oilers Lubomir Visnovsky reprimanded by the IOC for an anti-doping rules violation
VANCOUVER — Oilers defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky has been reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee for an anti-doping rules violation.
While in Vancouver with the Slovakian Olympic team, he admitted to taking Advil Cold & Sinus medication to combat flu-like symptoms.
His urine sample provided after the qualification round was found to contain pseudoephedrine, in a concentration greater than the World Anti-Doping Agency limit of 150 micrograms per millilitre.
He also provided samples on Feb. 26 before and after the semifinal against Canada and both were negative.
The IOC issued the reprimand rather than a suspension because of several mitigating factors.
Before taking medication he first consulted Oilers trainer Ken Lowe and Slovakian team Dr. Dalimir Jancovic. After taking it, he explained that he admitted taking Advil Cold & Sinus on his doping control form and that he had not taken it to enhance his performance.
Visnovsky also told the IOC he was unaware that Advil Cold & Sinus contained a prohibited substance.
Pseudoephedrine was added to the 2010 List of prohibited substances as a specified substance.
This was Visnovsky’s first violation. He has played in four worlds and the Turin Olympics.
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