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Russia, Belarus Entries Suspended for 2023 World Championship Events

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At the IIHF Annual Congress in Finland this week, a decision was made to “freeze the participation” of Russia and Belarus at World Championship events in 2023.

The move comes after the men’s and women’s senior national teams were not allowed to participate in 2022 events following the invasion of Ukraine. This ban will extend into IIHF events in 2023, with no confirmation of a potential end date.

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IIHF could make decision at Monday meeting affecting Russian participation – TSN.ca

IIHF could make decision at Monday meeting affecting Russian participation - TSN.ca

Russian participation in international hockey events could be in question going forward.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the International Ice Hockey Federation will make significant decisions at its council meeting on Monday that will likely impact Russian participation in international events.

This could begin with the men’s World Hockey Championship set to begin in mid-May in Finland.

TSN Hockey’s Gord Miller tweets there is wide support for an immediate removal of Russian teams for the rest of 2022, including the men’s Worlds and the World Junior Championships.

Miller adds there is also support for moving the 2023 World Junior Championship out of Russia.

The 2023 WJC is scheduled to be played in Novosibirsk and Omsk in December and January. There is also a possibility that the Men’s World Championship scheduled for St. Petersburg in the spring of 2023 could be moved, but that decision may not come on Monday, Miller adds.

This comes after Russian forces invaded Ukraine in the early hours Thursday morning local time.