6 May 2008
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Clarification on WADA’s Role in Florian Busch Case

Following misleading information in the public domain, WADA would like to clarify the following points.

Contrary to a report posted on May 3 on the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Web site, WADA has not "cleared" the German ice hockey player Florian Busch from an anti-doping rule violation.

As the international independent organization responsible for coordinating and monitoring the fight against doping in sport, WADA's duty is to monitor anti-doping activities worldwide to ensure proper implementation of and compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code), the document harmonizing anti-doping rules in all sports and all countries, by international sports federations (IFs) and national anti-doping organizations (NADOs).

In this case, WADA was notified on April 24 of the decision rendered by the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) to not impose a ban on the player. Since then, WADA has been trying to obtain, through the German National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), the rules of the DEB regarding WADA's right of appeal. Unfortunately, after trying for several days to receive this information, WADA was informed by the NADA that the DEB would not answer questions prior to the end of the IIHF World Championships, which are currently being held in Canada. Due to this lack of cooperation, WADA has now formally requested the IIHF to open proceedings against the player on the basis of the IIHF rules and to provisionally suspend the player from any competition.