Olympic champion Alexander Kozhevnikov called the Ice Hockey World Cup without Russia garbage
Two-time Olympic hockey champion Alexander Kozhevnikov reacted to the words of the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Luc Tardif, who saw the advantages in the absence of the Russian team at the 2022 World Championship. This is reported by the Bookmaker Rating.
Kozhevnikov admitted that he was not surprised by the words of the sports functionary. He stressed that he was disgusted to watch the 2022 World Cup games. The former athlete called the decision to remove Russian hockey players from participation in the championship insanity.
The Olympic champion admitted that he would only watch the semi-final matches of the tournament. “The World Cup without Russia is garbage,” Kozhevnikov concluded.
On February 28, the International Ice Hockey Federation suspended the national teams of Russia and Belarus from participating in competitions under its auspices for an indefinite period. Russian hockey players lost the opportunity to play at the 2022 World Cup. In addition, Russia has lost the right to host the World Youth Championship in 2023.