Russia accuses IIHF of hypocrisy over Israel’s admission to the World Cup 01:30

Two-time Olympic champion and State Duma deputy Vyacheslav Fetisov criticized the decision of the International Hockey Federation (IIHF) to allow the Israeli youth team to participate in the world championship among players under 20 years of age in the third division after the national championship. This country’s teams were suspended from tournaments. His words guide the way Sports24.

‚ÄúNothing surprises me anymore about international sports organizations. Hypocritical attitude from the IIHF. “There is nothing new here,” Fetisov said.

On January 11, 2023, the IIHF Council suspended the Israeli team from international tournaments in order to ensure the safety of participants. Bild publication reported that on the Israeli side there are suspicions that Russian Pavel Bure, who is on the IIHF council, is connected with the suspension of the national team. And this decision is revenge for Russia’s exclusion from international competitions due to SVO.

In the spring of 2022, the International Hockey Federation decided to ban Russian players from participating in international tournaments, even with neutral status, and the organization also stripped Russia of the right to host the youth world championship at home in 2023.

Previously IOC supported The IIHF has decided to allow the Israeli youth team to participate in the World Cup.

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Source: Gazeta

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