MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) plans to come up next week with a decision regarding the participation of the Russian national women ice hockey team in 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, IIHF President Rene Fasel told journalists on Thursday.
Asked whether the Russian women ice hockey team would travel to South Korea next year to participate in the Winter Olympics, Fasel said no decision was made as of yet on this issue as it must be first discussed within the IIHF, but the results would be announced early next week.
The IIHF chief also said he saw no problems regarding the participation of the Russian men’s team in the upcoming Olympic Ice hockey tournament in South Korea, but the participation of the women’s team was in doubt in light of the recent decision to ban six Russian female ice hockey players.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Disciplinary Commission announced its decision on Tuesday to ban for life six players from the Russian national women’s ice hockey team citing violations of anti-doping regulations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The world’s governing Olympic body stated that based on the findings of the IOC’s Commission led by Denis Oswald six Russian ice hockey players, Inna Dyubanok, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Ekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Ekaterina Smolentseva and Galina Skiba, were subjected to sanctions.
According to the IOC, "the six athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014," and they are also "disqualified from the events in which they participated" at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RHF) stated that it would provide legal assistance to six Russian female national ice hockey players, sanctioned by the IOC, they decided to appeal the ruling with the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.