The KHL has released a statement regarding the results of the investigation into the death of Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov. Their release includes further details regarding the Public Prosecutor’s statement yesterday which alleged that Cherepanov had used performance enhancing substances.
From the report it is unambiguously evident that Alexei Cherepanov for at least a year suffered from chronic myocarditis. The disease in question precludes the possibility of employment in professional sports. In the blood of the hockey player was found cordiamin (nikethamide), a medication which is used for stimulation and treatment of cardiovascular systems and respiratory organs.
It was determined that the cordiamin was introduced into the hockey player’s body three hours prior to the start of the match between Vityaz and Avangard on October 13, 2008. The medication in question is included on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The Disciplinary Committee of the KHL will meet on January 5th to review the prosecutor’s 1000+ page report and interview approximately 30 witnesses and specialists. The committee’s final verdict will be announced on January 15th.
In the meantime, the committee has rendered the decision that Avangard’s doctors be immediately removed from their posts. In addition, they have appealed to KHL President Alexander Medvedev to submit a request to Omsk regional governor and Avangard head Leonid Polezhaev that both team General Manager Anatoli Bardin and President Konstantin Potapov be asked to step aside until the conclusion of the committee’s investigation.
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