The World Hockey Association IIHF announced on Tuesday that Russia will be withdrawn the 2023 World Cup. This was decided by the World Association at the Council meeting in Zurich. Because of the Russian war of attack in Ukraine, the World Association is "concern for the security and well -being of all participating players, official, media and fans."
iihf already withdrawn the junior world championship
Anyone who will now do the tournament, which should actually take place in St. Petersburg from May 5th to 23rd, 2023, has not yet been determined. The new venue will be announced in the last week of this year's World Cup, which will take place in Finland.
The IIHF Russia had previously withdrawn the Junior World Championship. This was originally supposed to take place in Omsk and Novosibirsk in 2023. Paragraph 9 of the IIHF statutes was used in both decisions. The Council cited "considerable concerns about the safe freedom of movement of players and officials" as the reason.
Originally, it was originally supposed to be coordinated at a later time by a possible withdrawal of Russia's host role. But in order to "ensure an alternative list of list and give the new host enough time for the preparations", the IIHF council made the decision for the April meeting.
As early as 2021, the IIHF Belarus withdrawn the role as co-organizers of the 2021 World Cup, and was then only played in Latvia. In addition, all events planned by the IIHF were deleted in Russia for the current year and the national teams of Russia and its ally Belarus were excluded from the upcoming World Cup in Finland (May 13th to 29th).
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