The 2023 IIHF show will now take place in Finland and Latvia
Russian hockey legend Boris Mayorov has slammed the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for being “pretty” after the body confirmed the 2023 world championship would be moved to Finland and Latvia.
The joint candidacy of the two countries was approved at a congress on Friday and then made public by the world sports authority.
As a result, the 2023 World Championship will be held in Tampere and Riga, with Tampere set to host the event for the second consecutive year while Riga also hosted the tournament in 2021.
Reacting to the news, Mayorov hesitated“it’s just rudeness”to Match TV while wondering why the development happened and wondering if Russia could be kicked out of the IIHF altogether.
The 2023 #IIHFWorlds will take place in 🇫🇮 Tampere and 🇱🇻Riga!
And for the following years in:
🇨🇿 2024: Prague & Ostrava (Czechia)
🇸🇪 🇩🇰 2025: Stockholm (Sweden) & Herning (Denmark)
🇨🇭2026: Zurich & Friborg (Switzerland)
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 27, 2022
Suggesting that it was possible that the ban“will be lifted within a year”,as the IIHF now demonstrates“completely dependent on the political structures of the west”, the two-time Olympic champion said the organization does not express its own opinion and instead adapts “that the leaders of Western countries to dictate”.
“If the situation in Ukraine changes and the world starts to live a normal life, the disqualification will be taken away from us immediately,” he added.Mayorov claimed before criticizing the IIHF“rudeness”and claiming that no other sports federation behaves like them.
While Mayorov believes that Finland only has one“normal infrastructure”, he also said that Riga only has a small ice rink which is“not the best option”to organize such a high level competition.
The world championship was originally scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg until the IIHF followed a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and stripped Russia of its hosting rights in response to its military operation in Ukraine.
In addition, it was also decided on Friday that Russia and Belarus would not be allowed to participate in the relocated competition next year, but the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (FHR) protested the lack of legal basis. for this verdict on its website.
The FHR noted that requests previously submitted to the IIHF Disciplinary Committee challenging Russia’s non-participation in international tournaments, as well as requesting the return of its hosting rights for the 2023 World Championship and the World Championship junior 2023, will be processed on June 15.
The 2022 IIHF World Championship is currently taking place in Finland and is set to end on Sunday with the final contested between winner Finland vs. USA and Canada vs. Czech Republic.