Defenseman second player to test positive for steroids


VIENNA, Austria -- Ukraine defenseman Oleksandr Pobyedonostsev tested positive for the banned steroid Norandrosterone and was disqualified from the world championship on Thursday.

Pobyedonostsev is the second player in two days to test positive for Norandrosterone. Belarus forward Tsimafei Filin was disqualified on Wednesday.

The International Ice Hockey Federation said the Ukrainian, who has played in two games, tested positive on Sunday following Ukraine's 3-2 loss to Sweden in a preliminary round Group C game.

The disqualification will not affect any of Ukraine's game results or statistics, and the team will suffer no further penalty, the IIHF added.

"As unfortunate as this is, it proves that the IIHF is fully committed and determined to take athletes who use prohibited substances out of the game and that our doping test protocol works," said IIHF President Rene Fasel. "We hope that through on-going education, any further incidents can be avoided."

Pobyedonostsev, 24, played the past season for Khimvolokno Mogilev in the Belarus league.

The two positive tests are the first in an IIHF tournament since the federation began testing players according to the protocol of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on January 1, 2004.