Olympics: Germany ice hockey players face suspension
BERLIN ” Several members of Germany’s ice hockey squad, which lists nine NHL players on its roster, face a three-month suspension for failing to comply with requirements on doping tests.
The players are under investigation by the German Ice Hockey Federation, reportedly for twice failing to notify NADA ” Germany’s national anti-doping agency ” about their whereabouts for out-of-competition tests.
“Our doping official is investigating this to see whether we will take action,” federation spokeswoman Monika Svaczynova told The Associated Press.
Svaczynova was unable to confirm German reports stating somewhere between five and more than a dozen players are threatened with suspension.
“In five cases, we have started an official investigation and reported to NADA,” German ice hockey federation president Uwe Harnos was quoted as saying by Eishockey News. “I assume that we can reach a decision this week.”
The players have not been named and it’s not known if the NHL players are involved. They include Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht and Marco Sturm of the Boston Bruins.
Germany’s ice hockey team qualifies for most major tournaments, placing fifth at the 2002 Olympics and 10th four years later in Turin.