German player Florian Busch remains eligible to play at world championship

HALIFAX – Florian Busch remains eligible to play for Germany at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

The World Anti-Doping Agency had requested that he be suspended from the event after refusing a doping test two months ago but the IIHF decided Wednesday that it would not take that action.

The German Ice Hockey Association cleared Busch to play before the start of the world championship and the IIHF says it is not in a position to interfere with decisions made by its member nations.

The 23-year-old Busch refused a doping test at his home in Berlin on March 6. He was with his girlfriend at the time and was angry that the tester had come to his home.

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“He acted impulsively,” said German coach Uwe Krupp.

Busch, who plays pro in Germany, soon realized the mistake and successfully passed a test that was taken a few hours after he had refused the first one.

He had a goal and an assist in his first two games for the German team at the world championship.