Pavlovs fails drugs test

Latvian men's ice hockey player Vitalijs Pavlovs failed a drugs test at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, it was announced on Saturday.

The International Olympic Committee said 24-year-old Pavlovs would face sanctions including having his accreditation revoked and his diploma, for playing in the team that finished eighth, withdrawn.

In a statement, the IOC said: "The International Olympic Committee today announced that men's ice hockey player Vitalijs Pavlovs of Latvia has been excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

"Pavlovs, 24, tested positive on 19 February for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine)."

Methylhexaneamine is a stimulant and frequently found in supplements intended to boost energy or assist with weight loss.

The IOC said in its statement that Pavlovs had been disqualified from Latvia's quarter-final against Canada, a match that took place on the date of his failed test and in which he spent 16 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice.

It also instructed the International Ice Hockey Federation "to consider whether it should take any further action within its competence".