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A Latvian ice hockey player has failed a drugs test. He is the second person in the team to test positive. We also have detail of tests done on skiers and snowboarders across the winter.

The IOC has announced that 23-year old Ralfs Freibergs failed an anti-doping test at Sochi 2014.

He gave a urine sample after a quarter-final match against Canada.

It was found to contain the banned substance, dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite.

It is the second failed drugs test for a Latvian ice hockey player after Vitalijs Pavlovs tested positive for the substance methylhexaneamine.

Latvia came 8th at Sochi but the team will not be sanctioned unless another player is found to have taken drugs.

Under the IOC rules no consequences apply to the team results unless more than two members of the team and found to have failed anti-doping tests.

There have been a number of other positive drugs tests recently as the results of the testing regime in Sochi are announced - see here for an earlier PlanetSKI report.

Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, testing took place under the IOC's auspices from the opening of the Olympic Villages on January 30th to   the Closing Ceremony on February 23rd.

During that period the IOC systematically performed tests before and after events.

After each event, the IOC systematically carried out tests on the top five finishers plus two at random.

The IOC also performed unannounced out-of-competition tests.

Over the course of the Sochi Games, the IOC carried out some 2,812 tests (2,186 urine and 626 blood); the most carried out at an Olympic Winter Games.

Doping is an ever-present threat for Winter sports and skiers and snowboarders are tested across the season.

Here at PlanetSKI we have just received the latest figures from the International Ski Federation, FIS.

During the 2013/2014 season there were 1,379 out-of-competition tests, including blood and urine tests (354 with EPO analysis) as well as blood passport samples.

These numbers include the pre-competition blood testing conducted at selected World Cup events.

In addition there were another 295 out-of-competition tests on FIS athletes during the same time.

Additionally 635 in-competition tests were completed by FIS at World Cup events, whereby 70 samples were additionally analysed.

These numbers include the pre-competition blood controls which were carried out at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014, where FIS conducted a full-field Blood Testing programme on all Cross-Country and Nordic Combined skiers.

In addition to these, a large number of doping controls were carried out by the National Anti-Doping Agencies both in and out-of-competition.

The overall investment by FIS in its Anti-Doping programme during the 2013/2014 season amounted to approximately CHF 1.5 million.

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