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Russia’s KHL ex-chief Medvedev decides against running for IIHL presidency

January 28, 15:19 UTC+3
Alexander Medvedev notes there is a coordinated position of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and the Sports Ministry that Russia supports Rene Fasel at the elections
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Former President of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League Alexander Medvedev

Former President of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League Alexander Medvedev

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MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Former President of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Alexander Medvedev told TASS on Thursday he would not run for presidency of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Medvedev told TASS on Saturday that he considered an option of nominating his candidature for the post of the IIHF head. The ex-KHL chief said he would have a possibility to run for the IIHF top post as a special IIHF member rather than from the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia.

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and Russian Ice Hockey Federation Chief Vladislav Tretyak have said that Russia will support the IIHF’s incumbent head, Rene Fasel, at the organization’s presidential election.

"We have a coordinated position of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and the Sports Ministry that Russia supports Rene Fasel at the elections. I don’t see any sense in taking part in the elections just for the sake of creating competition. So, I wish Fasel luck at the [IIHF] presidential elections for the next term," Medvedev said.

The elections of the IIHF president will take place in Moscow in May during the Ice Hockey World Championship. Fasel has held the post of the IIHF head since 1994.

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