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CBC Sports - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 15:46 ET

Latvian hockey player fails doping test: IOC

Vitalijs Pavlovs played against Canada in quarter-finals

Vitalijs Pavlovs
Canada's Patrick Sharp, left, controls the puck while Latvia's Vitalijs Pavlovs chases him down on February 19, 2014. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Latvian hockey player Vitalijs Pavlovs has failed a doping test at Sochi Olympics, according to the International Olympic Committee.

The 24-year-old forward tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine following Latvia's 2-1 loss to Canada in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Pavlovs becomes the fourth Sochi athlete to fail a drug test.

Cross-country skier Marina Lisogor tested positive for the stimulant trimetazidine, the Ukrainian Olympic Committee announced earlier Saturday.

German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian bobsledder William Frullani were also expelled from the Sochi Olympic for failing doping tests.

Povlovs, who plays for Dinamo Riga of the KHL, logged 16:56 of ice time against Canada and posted two shots, but didn't register a point.

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