Russia’s Anti – Doping Agency (RUSADA) has suspended former Canadian defender Andrei Markov, who took over as KHL assistant coach in May.
However, according to Russian site Champion.com, he obtained the permit not because of a failed test, but because of purely administrative reasons. When he decided to end his playing career in April 2020, Markov failed to inform Rusada by official letter.
Therefore, believing he was still an active player, the agency turned down the expectation that Markov, 42, would succumb to general doping controls. It hasn’t done that, since he hung up his skates believing it wasn’t necessary. So it was because of these failed tests that Rusada broke down on him.
In an interview with the match TV channel, and quoted by champion.com, Markov swears that he did not know he would be questioned. “I don’t know. No one warned me,” he said.
Markov joined Vyacheslav Podolsk in May as assistant coach. But 1Is In July, the team announced that he could not take on his new role. He was eventually replaced by Alexander Boykov. Markov will not take another coaching position in the KHL for the duration of his suspension.
In his 990-game NHL career, playing in a Canadian uniform from 2000 to 2017, Markov scored 119 goals and scored 572 points. He then returned to the KHL where he played in three seasons, winning the Gagarin Cup in 2018 with Ak Bars Kazan.