Swedish hockey team physician Björn Waldebäck. Photo: Stig Kenne/TT.

Olympic team doctor resigns after doping scandal

Swedish Olympic team doctor Björn Waldebäck has taken the blame for hockey player Nicklas Bäckström's positive doping test and has resigned from his position as head physician for the Swedish Olympic Committee, Swedish Radio News reports. Waldebäck says he still hopes to keep his job as team doctor for the men's hockey team.

Swedish hockey player Nicklas Bäckström took an anti-allergy pill that contained a banned substance the morning of the semi-final game against Slovenia and was tested positive for doping after the match. The team's physician, Waldebäck, had approved the medication and says to Swedish Radio's sports department that Bäckström did nothing wrong.

"Nicklas asked me if he could take his medication and I said yes, but you're supposed to take these pills as far in advance as possible before the game so that the levels of the banned substance have dropped to a legal level," Waldebäck says.

Bäckström is awaiting the International Olympic Committee's final ruling, whether he will also get one of the Swedish team's silver medals from Sochi or not.

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