Ice Hockey - Latvian ice hockey player fails doping test

Latvian men's ice hockey player Vitaljis Pavlovs was thrown out of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday after he tested positive for a banned stimulant, the International Olympic Committee said.

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Pavlovs, 24, who is the fourth athlete to be banned for doping at Russia's first Winter Olympics, tested positive for methylhexaneamine on Feb. 19, the IOC said in a statement.

German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, Italian bobsleigh athlete William Frullani and Ukraine's cross-country skier Marina Lisogor have also been caught doping at the Games that end later on Sunday.

The IOC is conducting a record 2,500 doping tests in Sochi. The 2010 Vancouver Olympics had one positive case.

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