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Doping case against Nicklas Backstrom finally over

Doping case against Nicklas Backstrom finally over
Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom skates against Latvia at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Martin Rose / Getty Images)

The doping case against Washington Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom seems to have come to a close. Finally.

After "constructive discussions" with antidoping officials, Backstrom agreed on Thursday to drop his appeal in exchange for receiving the minimum penalty of a reprimand.

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The case began last year at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when Backstrom, playing for his native Sweden, consulted with a team doctor about taking sinus medication. The doctor said it wouldn't be a problem, but Backstrom subsequently tested positive for pseudoephedrine and was held out after the quarterfinals.

The International Olympic Committee ruled that Backstrom had violated the antidoping code but cited mitigating circumstances in awarding him the silver medal his team ultimately won.

Backstrom appealed to have the doping violation overturned.

Officials reiterated "there is no indication that Mr. Backstrom intended to enhance his sport performance" by using the medication and that all parties "are pleased that this matter has now been concluded."

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