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Russian national volleyball team safe from sanctions after Musersky’s doping ban — FIVB

The case is part of investigations that the FIVB started after it had been provided by WADA with data and doping test samples collected from the Moscow Laboratory
Dmitry Musersky EPA/ADAM WARZAWA
Dmitry Musersky
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MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. /TASS/. There will be no consequences for the Russian national volleyball team after one of its players, Dmitry Musersky, was slapped with a ban over doping abuse, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) said in a statement on Wednesday.

Musersky’s disqualification was announced earlier in the day following the reanalysis of his doping sample, which was collected in May 2013. His doping sample tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug, Methylhexaneamine.

"The FIVB, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and volleyball player Dmitry Musersky have signed a case resolution agreement according to which Mr. Musersky admitted that the prohibited substance of Methylhexaneamine (1.3-Dimethylpentylamine) was found in his sample collected in-competition on 11 May 2013 during the Russian National Championships in Belgorod," the statement from the FIB press office reads.

In May 2013, Musersky played for the Russian volleyball club Belogorye Belgorod, which eventually won the national volleyball championship. In the summer of 2013 he played for the Russian national team at the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League and then, in September, at the 2013 Men's European Volleyball Championship. Team Russia won both of these international tournaments.

"The case is part of investigations that the FIVB started after it had been provided by WADA with data and doping test samples collected from the Moscow Laboratory," according to the statement.

"According to the case resolution agreement, the player admitted that he committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.2 of the FIVB Medical and Anti-Doping Regulations 2013," the statement reads. "As a result, he has been sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of nine months starting on 5 April 2021 and ending on 4 January 2022."

"No consequences to teams are being imposed," the FIVB said in its statement adding that "The case resolution agreement is not subject to appeal."

Musersky, 32, is the winner of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the 2013 Men's European Volleyball Championship, the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup, the 2018 FIVB Men's Volleyball Nations League and two-time winner of the FIVB Volleyball World League (2011 and 2013).