Russia no longer hosts 2023 Men’s Ice Hockey Worlds

ZURICH (AP) — Russia pulled out as hosts of the 2023 men’s ice hockey world championship on Tuesday, which was to be played in Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg.

ZURICH (AP) — Russia pulled out as hosts of the 2023 men’s ice hockey world championship on Tuesday, which was to be played in Vladimir Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg.

Citing “concern for the safety and well-being of all participating players, officials, media and fans”, the International Ice Hockey Federation announced the decision after its board meeting.

The latest blow to Russia in its favorite winter sports follows one day later its annual international figure skating competition was canceled by the International Skating Union following fallout from the country’s war with Ukraine.

The IIHF said its officials “expressed serious concerns about the security of the freedom of movement of players and officials to, from and within Russia.”

Similar reasons were given last month for removing the 2023 World Juniors event from Russia. This championship was to be played in Omsk and Novosibirsk.

Russia had pledged to build a new 23,000-seat arena for the men’s worlds scheduled for May 2023.

A new host will be chosen at the men’s world championships which begin next month in Finland, the governing body said.

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