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IIHF Strips Russia as Host of 2023 Men's World Championship

The IIHF has officially stripped Russia of its hosting duties for the 2023 men's World Hockey Championship.

Yet another major sporting event has left Russia following the nation's invasion of Ukraine.

On Tuesday morning, the International Ice Hockey Federation council officially announced that Russia has been stripped of its hosting duties for the 2023 World Championship that was originally set to take place in St. Petersburg from May 5th-10th, 2023. 

A new host for the event has yet to be announced, with the IIHF stating that the decision will be made during the council's next meeting in Tampere, Finland throughout the final week of the 2022 World Championship. 

"The decision to relocate the event was taken primarily out of concern for the safety and well-being of all participating players, officials, media, and fans," said the IIHF in an official release following the announcement. 

"As was the case with Council’s earlier decision to withdraw the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship that was to be held in Omsk and Novosibirsk, Russia, the Council expressed significant concerns over the safe freedom of movement of players and officials to, from, and within Russia"

Today's announcement serves as yet another penalty imposed upon Russia in the sporting world. 

The Russian Hockey Federation is already in the midst of an indefinite ban from participating in international play that was handed out by the IIHF shortly after the nation's invasion of Ukraine back in February, with other sporting events outside the hockey world such as the Formula One's Russian Grand Prix and UEFA Champions League Final being moved out of the country over the past few months, as well. 


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