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In this Feb. 17, 2014 file photo, Germany's Evi Sachenbacher Stehle skis during the women's biathlon 12.5k mass start, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. German Olympic officials said Sachenbacher Stehle has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping test. The German Olympic Committee said she tested positive on Monday, Feb. Feb. 17, for the stimulant methylhexanamine. Both the "A'' sample and backup "B'' sample were positive. The committee said the athlete has been removed from the team and is being sent home. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 photo, Marina Lisogor of Ukraine gets up after finishing the women's 10K classical style cross country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Ukrainian Olympic Committee said Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, that Lisogor has failed a doping test. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Michael Vesper, director general of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, takes his seat for a press conference in response to a top German biathlete testing positive for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Former two time Olympic gold medalist Evi Sachenbacher Stehle tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine in both her "A'' and "B'' samples, the German Olympic Committee said. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this Feb. 9, 2014 file photo, Germany's Evi Sachenbacher Stehle prepares to shoot during the women's biathlon 7.5k sprint, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. German Olympic officials said Sachenbacher Stehle has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping Testosterone Cypionate Blood Clots test. The German Olympic Committee said she tested positive on Monday, Feb. Feb. 17, for the stimulant methylhexanamine. Both the "A'' sample and backup "B'' sample were positive. The committee said the athlete has been removed from the team and is being sent home. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, File)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 photo, Marina Lisogor of Ukraine competes in the "Comprar Gh Jintropin" women's cross country sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Ukrainian Olympic Committee said Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, that Lisogor has failed a doping test. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
This undated photo provided by myInfo2014 shows Italian bobsledder William Frullani at an unknown location. The Italian Olympic Committee said Frullani has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping test. In a statement Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, Italy's governing body CONI says it was informed by the International Olympic Committee that Frullani came up positive for the substance dymetylpentylamine in a test taken in the Olympic Village on Feb. 18. (AP Photo/myInfo2014)
SOCHI, Russia (AP) A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games.
The International Olympic Testosterone Cypionate 100 Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the games.
Pavlovs tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine following Latvia's loss to Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The 30 year old Lisogor tested positive for trimetazidine on Tuesday after the women's team sprint.
The latest positive tests follow those of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher Stehle and Italian bobsledder William Frullani.
All four cases involve stimulants that can be found in food supplements. They are all classified as a "specified stimulant" on "Anabola Steroider Norge Lagligt" the World Anti Doping Agency's prohibited list. Specified substances are considered more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties.
Pavlovs was tested after Latvia's 2 1 loss to the Canadians in the men's hockey tournament. Latvia finished in eighth place.
Pavlovs said he had been taking food supplements on the recommendation of the doctor of his Latvian club team, Dynamo Riga.
"The disciplinary commission unanimously concluded that the athlete had been negligent and had therefore committed an anti doping rule violation," the IOC said in a statement.
The Latvian's doping violation was announced early on the final day of the Sochi Games.
Lisogor competed in two cross country events in Sochi, finishing far out of the medals. She said she had been taking medication for a thyroid condition but "forgot to declare" the drug on her doping form.
Lisogor admitted she was at fault and did not request the backup "B'' sample to be tested.
"The disciplinary commission unanimously concluded that the athlete had, at the very least, been negligent," the IOC said.
The IOC is conducting 2,453 drug tests in Sochi, a record for the Comprar Gh Jintropin Winter Games. The Olympic body also stores doping samples for 10 years to allow for retesting when new methods become available.
There was only one positive test at the previous Winter Olympics four years ago in Vancouver.
IOC President Thomas Bach said the new cases showed that the zero tolerance policy is working.
"For me it was never a question of the numbers and how many," Bach said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I think it shows we are on the right track."
Sachenbacher Stehle, a former two time Olympic gold medalist, tested positive for methylhexanamine in both samples. The German Olympic Committee said she was being sent home. She blamed a nutritional supplement and "Comprar Gh Jintropin" said she had never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs.
"I am going through the worst nightmare that you can imagine because I am unable to explain at all how there could be a positive test," she said Friday.
Frullani was ejected from the games after testing "Oxandrolone Powder India" positive for dimetylpentylamine. Frullani, who had not competed yet, asked for a backup test that confirmed the result.