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IIHF chief Fasel: ‘We have to see how Russia will react’ to 2018 Olympics ban

December 06, 1:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The IOC decided to suspend the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

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IIHF President Rene Fasel

IIHF President Rene Fasel

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MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) intends to discuss the issue of Russia’s suspension from the 2018 Winter Olympics directly with the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF), IIHF President Rene Fasel told TASS.

An IOC commission, led by Samuel Schmid, established that Russia allegedly employed a system of manipulations with doping samples collected from national athletes.

Based on the commission’s findings, the IOC announced its decision on Tuesday night to suspend the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations. The IOC, however, stated that doping-free athletes from Russia could go to the 2018 Olympic Games in the status of neutral athletes.

"We will see where things are tomorrow, in the next 48 hours," Fasel said in an interview with TASS. "We have to see how Russia will react."

"We need to talk to our (IIHF) people, we need to talk to the Russians. It’s too early make statements," the IIHF president added.

A week ago, the IIHF sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with a request to allow the Russian national team to participate in the 2018 Olympics.

In addition, letters in support of the Russian national ice hockey squad have come from ice hockey associations of the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and South Korea.

The next Olympics, which are XXIII Winter Olympic Games, will take place in South Korea’s PyeongChang on February 9-25, 2018.

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