ZURICH – The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation has issued a provisional suspension on Belarus player Andrei Mikhalyov, after the player was tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine.
Mikhalyov is barred from club and international play pending a final IIHF Disciplinary Panel decision on further disciplinary measures.
The positive test occurred on 8 February 2013, during the Final Olympic Qualification, Group F in Denmark, when Mikhalyov was requested to submit to doping control. On 5 March 2013, the WADA-accredited Norwegian Doping Control Laboratory notified the IIHF that the Player’s A Sample tested positive.
Belarus finished second overall in Group F and did not qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Mikhalyov has not played for his KHL team Dynamo Minsk since 7 March.