Olympics 2018: Slovene from the KHL were caught for doping

Jig Epic. Photo: Reuters

Forward “neftechimik” and national team of Slovenia jig epic passed a positive doping test.


The official website of the court of arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced the positive doping test of the striker of the national team of Slovenia, the Gigue of Epica. Hockey test showed positive for fenoterol (a drug for asthma).

In the end, the player will have to leave the Olympic village and skip the rest of the tournament. The final decision on Epico will be made after the Olympics.


Recent years, the 29-year-old forward has consistently played for the national team and became one of the iconic players in the history of modern Slovenian hockey. He has established a pretty good player by the standards of our League.

Slovenia is the fourth year in the KHL. For three seasons he was one of the leader of the Bratislava “Slovan”, and this year went to the “torpedo”, but the course is moved to “Neftekhimik”.


– I accept that the asthma medication on the advice of a doctor. – said Epic in an interview with the delo.si. It was assigned to me after the respiratory tests in Slovakia in 2017. Sorry, I forgot to report it as the therapeutic exception. I lost sight of the difference with similar medications that are allowed, that would allow me to use them in case of problems with breathing at the Olympics. It happened due to carelessness. I apologize to all who will be affected.


– Epic remains a player of our club, – said General Director of “neftechimik” Rail Yakupov. – We will support him in any way. In addition, you need to wait for the results of the sample B. In the course of the season doping officers several times was the League players of our team, including Slovene, and no violations were detected. In our club no one took illegal drugs. Last month he resides in the arrangement of the national team, and who knows what drugs he was taking.


It can be stated that competition for Epica ended. Soon forward back to the club and continue training regardless of the final verdict of the CAS. We are once again convinced that sloppiness and irresponsibility inherent in the people of other nationalities. The doctor of the national team of Slovenia was enough to make a request to WADA to the drug taken by Epichem, was included in the list of therapeutic exceptions.

Dmitry SOMOV, Sport-Express

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