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International hockey group rejects Russia, Belarus appeals

Tuesday's International Ice Hockey Federation Disciplinary Commission on Russia and Belarus against IIHF's decision to ban Russia from competition over Russia's February invasion of Ukraine Refused the complaint.

In a prepared statement, the Board will suspend all Russian and Belarus national teams and clubs from participation in international conventions released four days after the invasion on February 28 of the IIHF Council. He said he agreed with the decision of the day. Moscow calls the action in Ukraine a "special military operation", and Belarus is an important staging area for that.

Tuesday's panel reiterated words from a late February ruling that described "not sanctions ... safety policy."

The Board also stated that the policy was not discriminatory, but proportional, and explained that the policy was aimed at ensuring the safety of players, fans and other tournament participants. Did.

Tuesday's panel also ruled in favor of the IIHF's decision not to appoint Russians as ice officers during the IIHF convention.

"It is an unacceptable safety risk for the Independent Commission to host the (World Junior Championships) and (World Championships) in Russia or to have Russian and Belarus teams currently participate in IIHF. I supported our view that there is a tournament. "

Russia and Belarus can still file proceedings in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

At the Men's World Championships in May, neither Russia nor Belarus, which was won by the host country Finland, participated.

Russia has also been deprived of its right to host next year's Men's World Championships in St. Petersburg.

Some information in this report is from Reuters and RFE / RL.