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Belarusian Hockey Federation rejects media reports on Dinamo’s pullout from KHL

Alexander Lukashenko said earlier that Belarus did not need to have a representation in the KHL and Dinamo was not supposed to play in the league

MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. The Ice Hockey Federation of Belarus refuted previous media reports about Belarusian Dinamo Minsk HC’s alleged withdrawal from the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the federation’s press service announced to TASS on Friday.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said earlier in his state of the nation address that Belarus did not need to have a representation in the KHL and Dinamo was not supposed to play in the league.

"An issue of recalling Dinamo from KHL has never been raised and is not on the agenda of the Belarussian Hockey Federation," the press service stated.

The Kontinental Hockey League was founded in Russia in 2008 and currently lists 25 professional ice hockey clubs from Russia, Belarus, China, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia.

International experts deem the KHL as the premier ice hockey league in Europe and Asia ranking it as the world’s second most important right on the heels of the US-based NHL (the National Hockey League).

KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko stated in September 2018 that the league chalked up 3.5 billion rubles (over $50.3 million) in revenue for the 2017/2018 season.