Quebecer Leylah Fernandez advances to the second round of the French Open: https://t.co/XP2EvLfP9Q
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) May 28, 2023
Then, two months ago, the organizing committee voted to ban the two countries from the 2023-2024 competitive season – which was, in effect, just a formality of a committee that has to get things right, whatever the context.
The federations’ congress on Friday, however, was an ideal venue to discuss the long-term issues surrounding the two nations.
According to TSN’s Gord Miller, the general feeling among the nations is that Russia won’t be re-admitted for a long time.
Not surprising, you might say, when the war is still going on. It’s what follows that’s pretty big.
“It will be years before Russia and Belarus are readmitted, no matter when or how the invasion of Ukraine ends.“
Further to that, the overwhelming consensus among national federations here at the @IIHFHockey congress is that it will be years before Russia and Belarus are readmitted, regardless of when or how the invasion of Ukraine ends.
– Gord Miller 🌻 (@GMillerTSN) May 26, 2023
It’s big, but it’s also the next logical step. When you go to war against, essentially, the rest of the world, being excluded from international business, cultural and sporting activities is among the many disadvantages that will hurt the country for many years to come.
One issue to think about, even if it’s a long way off, is the readmission process.
At the same time, if Russia were to start over in Division 3, the implications are not unbelievable for these countries. Firstly, it means that no country would get promoted for two years. Secondly, it means that South Africa could be served up several 17-0 thrashings during the Russians’ year in Division 3. And that’s not even mentioning the fact that the finals would most likely be contested between Russia and Belarus.
Well, for the moment, that’s out of the question. But it’s worth looking into.
– Victory for Leylah!
– Verstappen wins in Monaco.
Monaco Grand Prix | Max Verstappen beats Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon https://t.co/5pDQeBaick
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) May 28, 2023
– Great story.