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The head of the IIHF assessed the possible filing of an application from Ukraine to host the Olympics

MOSCOW, Dec 16 President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Luc Tardiff on Monday during his visit to Ukraine discussed with the Minister of Youth and Sports of the country Vadim Gutzeit the possible filing of an application to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2030, according to the IIHF website. The IIHF Head also spoke with the President of the Ice Hockey Federation Of Ukraine Georgy Zubko and the head of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka. During the conversation, Gutsait announced Ukraine's plans to more than double the number of hockey arenas in the country. “This is great news for the development of hockey in Ukraine. Ice availability is a problem for many countries that are trying to bring their programs to a new level, and we We welcome the decision of the Ministry of Sports and Culture to expand the infrastructure for ice hockey, “Tardiff said. The topic of the racist scandal was also raised. In a match of the Ukrainian Hockey League, Kremenchug striker Andriy Deniskin received a disciplinary fine and was sent off until the end of the game for a racist gesture against the American defender of the Donbass hockey club Jalen Smerek. The Ukrainian player peeled an invisible banana in front of a dark-skinned opponent and pretended to eat it. After the game, Deniskin made a public apology for his act. He was suspended for three UHL games and received an additional 10 games ineligibility that he could redeem. “We understand that the 13-game suspension was the maximum permissible by the rules and was completely satisfied by the player. However, we had a constructive discussion about disciplinary policy of the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation, as well as we informed the federation about the status of IIHF disciplinary procedures in the incident with Deniskin. Meanwhile, President Zubko explained that they will not allow the player to participate in national teams competitions until the IIHF disciplinary procedures are completed, “Tardiff said.


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