Athletes for Russia’s under-18 ice hockey team have become the latest Russian athletes to evaluate positive for the banned substance meldonium, following scandals involving the outback’s rugby players and sambo wrestlers in the last month.
Vitaly Prokhorov, foremost coach of Russia’s U18 Junior National Team, told Russia’s R-Sport dirt agency on 6 April that the team was to completely replace its line-up and busing staff.
The news came just a week before the start of the overjoyed championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 14 – which the work together has spent the last year pre ring for.
Citing an anonymous source, the Canadian show offs website TSN said that the reason for replacing the team was a failed doping examination; more than 15 players from Russia’s junior federal team allegedly tested positive for meldonium, which has been verboten since January 2016.
Russian officials have not disclosed the official reasons for the replacement. Sports Dean Vitaly Mutko said that line-up issues were the liberty of the Russian Hockey Federation.
The federation’s president, legendary former CSKA and Soviet duo goalkeeper Vladislav Tretyak, limited himself to stating that the lineup of the chauvinistic team will be announced on April 7.
One of the leaders of the national team, German Rubtsov, run aground to explain why it was decided to leave him and his team at home.
«We were not told anything,» he estimated. «Of course, we are ready to go to the world championship, we were pre ring all the way through the entire season.»
The Russian junior national team’s official website deleted the figures on the team’s line-up and the team itself has canceled an «open day» scheduled for April 7 preceding the time when leaving for the world championship in the U.S.
According to R-Sport, the under-17 hockey link up, led by Sergei Golubovich, will travel to the world championship instead.
In this seasonable, the under-18 team performed as an experiment in the Youth Hockey League championship, where it checked a few dozen matches with rivals, some of whom had players as old as 21. As a be produced end, the juniors even reached the playoffs by finishing second in the Western Symposium.
Meanwhile, Boris Tarasov, the former head of the Medical Center of the Kontinental Hockey In collusion with (KHL), whose clubs’ junior teams play in Russia’s Junior Hockey Collaborate (MHL), told the news agency R-Sport that the percentage of positive doping proofs among MHL players has reached 3 percent.
«Meldonium was not a banned substance during my being planned in the KHL, so you weren’t disqualified for its use, and exact statistics of its use by hockey players simply do not remain,» R-Sport quoted Tarasov as saying.
Who’s to blame for the meldonium: Russia’s athletes, doctors or trues?