MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Longtime President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel told TASS that his decision against running for another presidential term was final and he would vacate the post in 2020.
Fasel first voiced his intention against running for another presidential term in November 2017. The new president will be elected at the IIHF Congress in Switzerland during the 2020 World Championships.
"I have made a final decision that I will not be going for a new term," Fasel said in an interview with TASS. "I will be 70 years old and I think it will be the right time to stop."
"As for my possible successor - we will see as there is still some time," the IIHF president added.
The current presidential term of Fasel, who is 68, expires in May 2020. The Swiss-born former dentist with a gift for languages and a deep passion for the game of ice hockey was first elected to run the world’s governing body of ice hockey in June 1994. He was re-elected for a sixth presidential term at the 2016 IIHF General Congress in Moscow.
According to the official website of the IIHF: "When Rene Fasel became Dr. (Gunther) Sabetzki's successor as IIHF President (in 1994), the world federation steeped in tradition entered a new era."
IIHF President Fasel was also the first ice hockey representative to be appointed in 1995 to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he massively raised the stature of the sport of ice hockey.