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30 September 2022, 16:28

Belarus to return to IIHF top division following reintegration

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MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) – The 2022 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress approved the mechanism for Belarus and Russia to return to the IIHF system, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation.

At the semi-annual congress of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) taking place in Belek, Turkiye, a concept for the return of the national teams of Belarus and Russia to the world championship system was presented. According to the announced proposal, Russia and Belarus would return to the categories and divisions in which they were originally placed prior to the Council decision.

Thus, the national ice hockey teams of Belarus and Russia will return to the system not earlier than May 2023, but will retain their positions. Ninety-eight of 119 congress delegates voted in favor of the decision.

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