Russian club banned from Asian Hockey League

PSK Sakhalin said their withdrawal was due to “political” reasons

Russian team PSK Sakhalin have announced that they have been banned from the 2022/23 Asian Ice Hockey League (ALIH) season after a decision was made by rival clubs based on“Politics” the reasons.

Sakhalin shared the news on their social media accounts, saying they were informed of the measure after a video conference on Tuesday.

“As a result of the meeting, the league management, in agreement with the teams, decided to withdraw Russian athletes from participation in the tournament for the 2022-2023 season with the mention ‘due to the political situation'” , he a message from the team.

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Based in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on the island of Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East, the team was founded in 2013 with the encouragement of Russian President and hockey fan Vladimir Putin.

Sakhalin won the ALIH title in the 2018/19 season and shared the top prize in a Covid-affected campaign the following year.

ALIH was established in 2003 and is made up of teams from South Korea and Japan, having also featured organizations from China.

The league’s official website had not mentioned the sanctions against Sakhalin at the time of writing.

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Russian athletes and teams have faced widespread bans since the launch of the military operation in Ukraine.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recommended that all sports federations refuse to invite Russian and Belarusian athletes to competitions – a stance which IOC President Thomas Bach said was partly for the safety of competitors in the two nations.

Russian officials have denounced the bans as discriminatory and undermining the principle that sport is free from political interference.

Some countries like Sweden, Finland and Latvia have declared that any of their players who continues to appear for Russian hockey teams in the KHL (Continental Hockey League) will no longer be considered for selection. National team.


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