The NHL responded to the disqualification Kuznetsova for cocaine

The NHL responded to the disqualification Kuznetsova for cocaine

Russia striker was banned for four years for violating anti-doping rules. During the ice hockey world championship 2019 the athlete passed the sample, which was found a prohibited substance


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Deputy NHL Commissioner bill Daly commented on the disqualification of the hockey player of «Washington» Evgeny Kuznetsov for cocaine use. According to him, in the North American League in contrast to the International ice hockey Federation (IIHF) will not consider it a prohibited substance.

«The IIHF has informed us of a positive doping test, Kuznetsova, and his suspension from international competitions. Unlike the IIHF, our League does not consider cocaine a substance that can improve the results of a sportsman and is included in the list, and treats it as a drug,» said Daley.

Deputy NHL Commissioner noted that Kuznetsov voluntarily appealed to the League for help and agreed to undergo regular checks. In addition, Daley noted that the athlete will meet with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmann to discuss in anticipation of the start of pre-season preparations situation.

«We are not going to comment on the fact, whether taken against Kuznetsova, some additional measures until, while the hockey will not meet with Betmenom» he said.

On Friday, the IIHF announced that the Kuznetsov was suspended for four years for violating anti-doping rules. On the world hockey championship in 2019, he passed the test, which was cocaine. Later, the hockey player refused autopsy samples «B» and was suspended from participation in competitions under the auspices of the IIHF till 12 Jun 2023.

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