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Slovakia's Visnovsky caught taking cold medicine

The International Olympic Committee has issued a reprimand against hockey player Lubomir Visnovsky of Slovakia for breaking anti-doping rules.

The International Olympic Committee has issued a reprimand against a hockey player from Slovakia for breaking anti-doping rules.

The IOC says doping tests revealed Lubomir Visnovsky took too much cold medicine with the ingredient pseudoephedrine in the days before his team's semifinal game against Canada.

The drug can be used as a performance enhancer, but is also present in cold and flu medication.

The IOC said Visnovsky had informed doping control officers he was taking the medication to combat flu-like symptoms and he had done so in consultation with his doctor and trainer.

Because on the day of the semifinal itself, his levels of pseudoephedrine were below the limit set by the World Anti-Doping Association, the IOC didn't take any further action against the athlete.

Problems with cold medicine were anticipated at these Games because WADA only recently put pseudoephedrine on the list of banned substances.

Visnovsky also plays for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers and the IOC said it will forward its decision on whether further action should be taken to the International Ice Hockey Federation.

The IOC also began disciplinary procedures against Slovak's national team doctor.