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IIHF chief Fasel congratulates Russian ice hockey team with Winter Universiade gold

March 12, 15:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian ice hockey team edged Slovakia 2-1 on Tuesday

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IIHF President Rene Fasel

IIHF President Rene Fasel

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MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel extended his congratulations to the Russian men’s ice hockey team for winning the gold of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.

The Russian ice hockey team edged Slovakia 2-1 on Tuesday in the final match of the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.

"I would like to congratulate the Russian team with the deserved gold of the Universiade in Krasnoyarsk," Fasel said in an interview with TASS.

The IIHF president also said that the Universiade in Krasnoyarsk "was organized at the very high level," adding he hoped that a bright future is ahead of all players from each national team, which participated in the 2019 Universiade.

"The next Winter Universiade will be held in Switzerland," Fasel continued adding that in terms of the ice hockey competition, Switzerland was proud to take up the baton of the university students’ competitions.

The ice hockey team of Russia is now the eight-time champion of the Winter Universiade tournaments. Slovakia was the champion of the Winter Universiade in 2001.

Earlier in the day, the Canadian men’s ice hockey team defeated the national squad from Kazakhstan 3-0 in the match for the bronze.

The Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, is hosting the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade between March 2 and 12.

The 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk offered 76 sets of medals in 11 sports competitions, which are Alpine Skiing, Curling, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, Short Track Speed Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Bandy and Ski Orienteering.

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