The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Council is ready to carry its subsequent assembly in Moscow on Monday and Tuesday (March 16 and 17).
In line with Russian state information company TASS, Russian Ice Hockey Federation President Vladislav Tretiak confirmed the assembly could be held subsequent week within the Russian capital.
Tretiak can also be a member of the IIHF Council.
Moscow is ready to play host regardless of Russia, and sanctions imposed on the nation by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) and Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), being among the many subjects for dialogue.
Russia is banned from staging what WADA calls “main occasions”, resembling World Championships and the Olympic Video games, till December 2022, whereas its flag and anthem might not seem at such occasions.
IIHF President René Fasel beforehand mentioned that the subsequent assembly of the IIHF Council would talk about the difficulty of utilizing an alternate track for a Russian Ice Hockey Federation workforce set to compete on the upcoming IIHF Males’s Ice Hockey World Championship in Riga in Latvia.
Latvia was presupposed to co-host the occasion with Belarus, however the latter was stripped of internet hosting rights as a result of political unrest following the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko, coronavirus issues and strain from sponsors.
Russia had supplied to step in and host the World Championship when it grew to become obvious Belarus wouldn’t be capable to and earlier than the CAS partially upheld the WADA sanctions.
The Russian Olympic Committee Athletes’ Fee urged in January the people track Katyusha may very well be used on the Olympics in lieu of the nationwide anthem, however the CAS has rejected this.
Fasel beforehand known as the CAS resolution to ban the Russian flag at main occasions for 2 years “harsh”, regardless of WADA’s preliminary sanction being halved from 4 years.
Consistent with the CAS ruling, Tretiak may very well be faraway from the IIHF Council if thought to be a Russian Authorities consultant.
Russian Authorities representatives can not sit on any Board or Committee of a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, such because the IIHF.
Tretiak is a State Duma deputy and a member of the well being safety committee in Russia.
A Russian ice hockey workforce has been drawn alongside Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Britain and Belarus in Group A of the World Championship, which begins on Might 21.
insidethegames has contacted the IIHF for touch upon the placement of the Council assembly.