Russia and Belarus banned – Ekstra Bladet

Neither Russia nor Belarus will be allowed to participate in the World Cup of Ice Hockey later this year.

This applies to both the ladies who play the A-WC in Denmark in August and September, and the men who play the A-WC in Finland in May.

Monday night, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announces that the two nations are excluded indefinitely. This also applies to club teams.

The federation has specifically pointed out the tournaments in which Russia and Belarus are not allowed to participate. In total, there are six tournaments.

In addition, the IIHF has decided that Russia should not host the Junior World Cup, which runs from the stack from December this year to January next year.

Russia is conducting a military invasion of Ukraine, and Belarus has acted in support of the Russians, which is why the two nations have now been banned.

– The IIHF is not a political body and can not influence the decisions taken in the war in Ukraine, says IIHF President Luc Tardiff.

“Nevertheless, we have a duty to take care of all our members and participants, and therefore we do everything to ensure that we are able to run our events in environments that are safe for everyone,” he says.

The announcement comes on the day when Finland, which hosts the A-World Cup for men, stated that they would not include Russia and Belarus in the tournament.

Russia’s men were in a group with Denmark at the upcoming World Cup. Here, Denmark should have tried to take revenge after two defeats at the Olympics in Beijing earlier this month. The Russians beat Denmark in the Olympic quarterfinals.

Russia’s women also have a big tournament on the horizon. In August, Denmark will host the A-World Cup, and here the Russians were one of the ten participating nations.

Danish Henrik Bach Nielsen, who is chairman of the Danish Ice Hockey Union, is vice president of the IIHF and has been involved in making Monday’s decision.

By Editor

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