After receiving an update on the status of the investigation into Alexei Cherepanov’s death — the final findings aren’t expected for another two weeks — the KHL Board of Directors announced yesterday that it will move ahead with the following changes and recommendations with the goal of preventing a repeat of the tragedy in the future.
- The Board of Directors authorized the KHL Medical Center to institute a “common electronic medical passport for athletes” which will contain key information on a wide variety of medical issues for each player in the league.
- In November and December of this year the KHL’s Medical Center will perform comprehensive medical examinations on 67 young hockey players currently playing in the league. Teams will have until March 30, 2009 to have the remainder of their players examined at approved medical facilities.
- Effective immediately, two ambulances “equipped according to the established specifications” will be required at every game. Acknowledging that fixing the problems in the on-site and in-ambulance care Cherepanov received requires measures beyond the jurisdiction of the league itself, KHL President Alexander Medvedev has also sent a letter to the Russian Minister of Health and Social Development, demanding he take action to ensure that all ambulances are properly equipped at all times.
- The KHL will formally recommend that all teams have specialists in cardiology, opthalmology and surgery on-site at all games to provide medical assistance to players and spectators in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the league will hold a special training seminar for all team doctors in the near future.
- Through December 30th a special commission of the KHL will perform a complete examination of the infrastructure of all junior teams and schools, including their training facilities, medical treatment and safety procedures. All players eligible for the draft the KHL will institute beginning next year will be required to pass a thorough medical examination.
- In the near future a contract with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RusADA), which is part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), will be signed. All KHL players will be thoroughly tested on February 1, 2009.
- The league will expand its practice of having league commissioners perform inspections at games, and give them increased powers, including the ability to cancel games on the spot.
Finally, the KHL has announced that the Director of the Vityaz hockey club and the Director of the arena in Chekhov where Cherepanov collapsed have been disqualified from working within the league in any capacity in the future.
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