the international ice hockey federation suspends the Russian and Belarusian selections of the next World Cup

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced that it had taken several sanctions against Russia and its neighbor on Monday.

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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has also imposed sanctions following the war in Ukraine. On Monday February 28, the IHHF announced in a press release the “suspension of the participation of all Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs in all age categories and in all IIHF competitions or events until further notice”. She also specified the organization of the U23 junior world championship in Russia.

Concretely, these sanctions mean in particular that the two selections (ROC and Belarus) are prohibited from the next men’s (May 13-29) and women’s (August 26-September 4, 2022) world championships, but only the ROC for the latter. Junior competitions are also affected by these measures.

“The IIHF is not a political entity and cannot influence decisions made on the war in Ukraine”said IIHF President Luc Tardif, quoted in the statement. “We have ensured a duty of care to all of our members and participants and must therefore do everything we can for us that we are able to run our events in a safe environment for all teams participating in the World Championship program. ‘IIHF.”, says the president.

“We were shocked to see the images that came out of Ukraine”a Late added. I have been in close contact with members of the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation and we wish for all Ukrainians that this conflict can be resolved peacefully and without provoking further violence.” The IIHF Council clarified that it does not rule out the possibility of other actions having an impact on future events or other activities of the IIHF.

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