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Hockey Coach Reportedly Forced Players to Take Illegal Injections

Published August 25, 2023 at 11:31
BY SKY

Coach Accused of Forcing Doping

In an unexpected twist to the doping scandal involving seven players from Ufa Tolpar, the junior team affiliated with Salavat Yulaev in the KHL, the players have now stepped forward with allegations against their coach. They claim that the coach compelled them to consume unknown substances by using threats that could harm their careers.

Players Embroiled in Doping Issue

The controversy began when these players were found with prohibited substances in their systems earlier this year. The situation has since escalated with court documents revealing the players' accusations against their coach.


"The players have revealed that the physical training coach imposed questionable supplements and injections, resorting to threats to ensure compliance. Despite their resistance, the coach wielded the potential damage to their careers. The team's management took a passive stance, deferring to the coach's authority." - Championat.com

Meldonium: Banned Substance at Center Stage

The players' tests highlighted the presence of Meldonium, a banned substance known for its impact on blood flow. Its classification as a metabolic modulator led to its prohibition by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2016, amplifying the gravity of the situation.

Unsettled Future: Pending Charges

The fate of Igor Zagretdinov, the coach facing these allegations, hangs in the balance. As the accusations and counterarguments unravel, it casts a shadow over the team's integrity and management. The players maintain they were unwilling participants, hinting at a strained relationship between Zagretdinov and the team's doctor.

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