Finnish Ice Hockey Association has come up with a proposal to impose sanctions against the national teams of Russia and Belarus.
Head of the organization Harri Nummela said that last weekend, members of the Association discussed the conflict in Ukraine, as well as contacted head of the IIHF Luc Tardif in this regard, reports the official site of the Association.
The position of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association is clear: the national teams of Russia and Belarus should be completely banned from international hockey competitions. According to Nummela, the Finnish side will not allow the Russian and Belarusian teams to participate in the World Cup 2022, to be held in May in Helsinki and Tampere.
A similar initiative was put forward by the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation. Its representatives urge the IIHF to suspend the membership of Russia and Belarus in the organization.
In addition, the Latvian team has refused to play friendlies against Belarus and Russia’s Olympic team on the eve of the 2022 World Cup, reported the official website of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.
Photo: official website of the Finnish Ice Hockey Association