Paralympics

Curler Banned for Drug Use

Sweden's wheelchair curling team won against Italy in a Paralympics match Friday, but the victory was bittersweet after a team member was suspended for use of an illegal drug. Hours before the match Glenn Ikonen was told an earlier random drug test had detected a banned beta blocker, generally used to control high blood pressure, reported the Vancouver Sun.

Ikonen told reporters his doctor had prescribed the medication in Sweden and he was unaware it was banned. He has the right to appeal his two-year suspension by the International Paralympic Committee. However, he will be forced to sit out Saturday's final matches. Sweden's win Friday means it will play first-place Canada in the semi-finals, while the United States competes with Korea.

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