IIHF: Russians and Belarusians bite the dust

IIHF: Russians and Belarusians bite the dust


An independent Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has rejected the appeal request of the Russian and Belarusian federations which contested the penalties imposed on them after the armed invasion of the Ukraine. 

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IIHF said that the decisions announced at the end of February had been validated. 

The two countries concerned cannot send their respective national team to the competitions of the organization nor can they host events; Russia has also lost the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championship as well as the World Cup scheduled for the same year.

The panel in charge of examining the request of the excluded nations determined in particular that the verdict of the advice from the IIHF was not in fact a sanction, but rather a safety policy. information to do this. The policy in question is not discriminatory, in the eyes of the independent body.

The Junior World Championship was to take place in Novosibirsk and Omsk, while the World Cup was scheduled for Saint Petersburg.  

In the first case, Halifax and Moncton will receive the best players aged 20 and under, while in the second, Tampere, Finland, and Riga, Latvia, were the cities chosen for hold the tournament.