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Hosts Finland want Russia and Belarus banned from ice hockey worlds

A statement quoted Finnish ice hockey chief Harri Nummela as telling Finland will not play against the national teams of these countries

20 February 2022, China, Beijing: Russian Olympic Committee players react after losing the Men's Ice Hockey Gold medal match between Finland and Russian Olympic Committee at Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa
Russian Olympic Committee players react after losing the Men's Ice Hockey Gold medal match against Finland in Beijing. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa.

Hosts Finland want Russia and Belarus banned from this year's ice hockey world championships and all other international games in connection with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

A statement quoted Finnish ice hockey chief Harri Nummela as telling the president of the ruling body IIHF, Luc Tardif, that "it is not possible for Russia and Belarus to participate in the men's world championships in Tampere and Helsinki in May.

He said the Finnish federation "demands that Russia and Belarus be completely excluded from international hockey activities and that we do not intend to play against the national teams of these countries."

Just over a week ago Finland beat the Russian team in Beijing for their first-ever Olympic gold medal on the sport.

Hosts Finland want Russia and Belarus banned from ice hockey worlds
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