Fasel hopes that doping issue will not affect hockey

Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), said athletes whole doping test samples test positive for meldonium in concentration of less than one microgram will not be punished in accordance with the recommendations issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The IIHF still has a question about meldonium, but the federation follows the principles of WADA and the IIHF will not disqualify athletes whose doping tests turn out to contain less than one microgram of meldonium, Fasel told a press conference in Moscow on May 6.

More tests are needed, he said, expressing hopes that there will be no problems with doping in hockey.

WADA said on April 13 that meldonium content of less than one microgram in doping test samples provided before March 1, 2016 is an acceptable indicator. After that, some athletes who had earlier tested positive for meldonium received access to competitions.


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