Per @IIHFHockey Russian forward Yevgeni Kuznetsov has received a 4-year suspension from the IIHF after testing positive for a banned substance at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) August 23, 2019
The IIHF has suspended Russian ice hockey player Yevgeni Kuznetsov for a violation of World Anti-Doping Code Article 2.1 (Presence of a Prohibited Substance).
The case concerns a test indicating a prohibited substance, cocaine, according to section S6.a (non-specified substance) of the World Anti-Doping Code 2019 Prohibited List. The prohibited substance was found in a doping control which occurred on 26 May 2019 at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The player didn’t require the analysis of his B-sample and was provisionally suspended on 13th June 2019.
The period of ineligibility to be imposed shall be four years, concluding on 12th June 2023.
Per Russian hockey federation - NHL will launch an investigation in regards to Kuznetsov’s case.— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) August 23, 2019
The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) informed the RIHF that a banned substance was found in the doping test of ice hockey player Evgeny Kuznetsov, an offence which has been punished with a four-year ban. The start date of the ban is 13 June 2019. The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has always opposed, and will continue to oppose, the use of banned substances in sport. In RIHF national teams, events are regularly held which emphasize the need to comply with anti-doping rules. When joining the national team, athletes are constantly monitored by specialists, so the usage of banned substances when with the Russian national team is not possible.
The RIHF will closely monitor developments and will take all necessary measures in accordance with WADA, the all-Russian anti-doping rules and the IIHF requirements.