Vyacheslav Fetisov reacted to Russia’s deprivation of the 2023 World Cup with the words “they chose the wrong head of the IIHF”
Fetisov noted that the decision to take the 2023 World Cup away from Russia is not surprising, but it is a shame that it was made by the person who was elected president of the IIHF in St. Petersburg.
Vyacheslav Fetisov (Photo: Global Look Press)
The decision of the Council of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to deprive Russia of the right to host the 2023 World Championship cannot be called surprising, two-time Olympic hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov said in an interview with the portal of the Championship.
The IIHF took the World Championship away from Russia on Tuesday due to the situation in Ukraine. The tournament was to be held in May 2023 in Saint Petersburg.
“What can surprise here? They gave me a break. It’s a shame, the only thing is that the person who was elected president of the IIHF in St. Petersburg does this (the election of the president of the IIHF, which was won by Luc Tardif, was held in September 2021 in St. Petersburg. – RBC ). Looks like we picked the wrong one. However, they still would not have allowed this World Cup to take place. You don’t have to freak out and freak out about it. We need to develop our history, complete our most beautiful stadium and invest in our hockey,” Fetisov said.
Russia banned from the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championship
On February 28, the IIHF Council suspended all Russian teams from tournaments “until further notice”, and also decided to postpone the 2023 World Junior Championships, which would be hosted by Omsk and Novosibirsk.
Russia has hosted the World Championships three times. In 2000, the tournament was held in St. Petersburg, in 2007 – in Moscow and Mytishchi, in 2016 – in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Due to IIHF sanctions, the Russian and Belarusian teams will not be able to participate in the Junior World Championship (players under 18 years of age) in Germany (April 21 – May 1, 2022), the Russian team will not play in the final game. of the World Junior Championships in Canada, which was interrupted at the end of December 2021 due to the coronavirus. In addition, the Russian team was suspended from the Eurotour for two years.
In addition, the Russian women’s team will not participate in the world championship in Denmark (August 26 – September 4), as well as in the junior world championship (under 18 years).
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