MOSCOW, 29 Jul – The owner of the Stanley Cup in the club of the National Hockey League (NHL) “Colorado Avalanche” Valery Nichushkin said that a hearing on the alleged use of doping by the player should be held in the summer.
In November, the press service of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) reported that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was investigating a possible violation of anti-doping rules by Nichushkin. It was reported that he could be suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for four years based on the data of the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.
“I am sitting at home in Denver with an injured arm, and a message comes from the FHR from a lawyer named Kiknadze with a request to urgently contact. It’s already very late in Russian time. At first I think that someone is scamming me, and I’m not going to answer. TV, and then a call. Kiknadze asked for my email address to send documents. When I saw them, I was shocked by the level of argumentation and the degree of claims. Even to me, who was not thoroughly familiar with legal nuances, it became ridiculous, “Sport newspaper quotes Nichushkin -Express”.
“First, the first point. Several pages reprinted an excerpt from the McLaren report that the electronic messages containing data on the samples of athletes participating in the state doping program were marked “save”. This meant that this athlete was protected. And his sample “If suddenly doping is found in it, it must be replaced. The text of the accusation in this part is completely written off from the McLaren report. However, immediately after this text it is indicated that no “save” marks were put on emails with the name Nichushkin. And in my case this does not prove that I did not dope. Real absurdity, then why quote McLaren before this conclusion?” he added.
The hockey player also said that he was offered to confess to doping himself, as a result of which the disqualification would be six months instead of four years.
“The second point. The prosecution is enclosing a letter, allegedly from Rodchenkov, that I took doping, and they refer to this further. However, this letter does not bear any signature: neither Rodchenkov, nor anyone else. In 2012-2013, I already I played in Traktor, and regularly played in the youth and junior teams, and in the Higher Hockey League more. bypass the control, and only one test is suspicious, when I played in Traktor, because of the level of testosterone, it stays in the blood for a very long time. The most interesting thing is that the B sample is nowhere to be found, so there can be no evidence base. And they tell me: “Confess, and we will give you only six months.” What did they decide to do? Fight in court. They hired an American lawyer. He previously successfully represented the interests of the Russians guys from other sports and now sent letter to IIHF. I understand that the international federation is under pressure from WADA. The hearing should take place in the summer, but so far everything is hanging,” he concluded.