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International Ice Hockey Federation extends Russia’s suspension

International Ice Hockey Federation extends Russia’s suspension

The International Ice Hockey Federation has extended Russia’s suspension into the 2024/2025 season.

The International Hockey Federation (IIHF) has extended the suspension of the Russian and Belarus national teams. This is reported on the organization’s website.

The reason was current security risks. It is noted that Russia and Belarus will not take part in the 2024/2025 season. It is noted that the decision will also apply to the Belarusian national team in relation to the final Olympic qualifying round, which will take place in August 2024.

On January 5, IIHF President Luc Tardif said that Russia’s admission to the competition depends entirely on the safety of the athletes and organizers. In addition, in his opinion, conditions in Russia do not allow the tournament to be held.

In February 2022, the IIHF suspended the Russian team from participating in competitions under its auspices. Russia was also deprived of the right to host the World Cup in 2023 and the world youth championship.

Source: Lenta

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