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Belarus ice hockey player banned 2 years for positive doping test at Olympic qualifier

05/29/2013 12:26 EDT | Updated 07/29/2013 05:12 EDT
ZURICH - Belarus ice hockey player Andrei Mikhalyov has been banned for two years after testing positive for a stimulant at an Olympic qualifying game.

The International Ice Hockey Federation says its disciplinary committee barred Mikhalyov from "national-domestic league play in any league which is affiliated with the IIHF."

Mikhalyov, who last played for Dynamo Minsk in the Russia-based KHL, can appeal the suspension, which runs through March 6, 2015.

The 35-year-old forward tested positive for methylhexaneamine on Feb. 8 at an Olympic qualification tournament in Denmark.

Belarus was eliminated and won't play at the 2014 Sochi Games in February.

Mikhalyov played for his country at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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