— Published 18 March 2021

Tretiak returns his apron

Direct consequence of the suspension of Russian sport for a two-year lease: Vladislav Tretiak, 68, one of the legends of world ice hockey, triple Olympic gold medalist with the Soviet Union (1972, 1976 and 1984), must leave his place on the board of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). He was first elected in 2012, then re-elected in 2016. He has chaired the Russian Federation since 2006. But the former goalkeeper also holds political functions in Russia, where he is a member of the Duma. Under the sanctions imposed on Russia by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), no political leader can sit on the council or executive committee of an international sports body. Vladislav Tretiak must therefore give up his post. According to TASS, he will be replaced on the IIHF board by one of his compatriots, former player Pavel Bure, a two-time Olympic medalist. Russia is due to host the next IIHF Elective Congress, scheduled for September 2021 in St. Petersburg. It will be marked by the election of a new president, the Swiss René Fasel, in place since 1994, not seeking a new mandate.