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China to compete in Olympic men’s ice hockey despite competition concerns

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FILE PHOTO: Ice Hockey – Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Test Event – Domestic Ice Hockey Event – Wukesong Sports Center, Beijing, China – November 8, 2021 The Chinese national flag is flown at the REUTERS / Tingshu Wang site

December 8, 2021

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Tuesday reconfirmed that China’s men’s ice hockey team will compete at the 2022 Beijing Olympics following concerns that the team would be defeated. to an unusual degree.

The announcement came after a meeting of the IIHF Council in Zurich, Switzerland.

As the host country, China automatically received a spot in the men’s ice hockey event even though the country is not a traditional hockey player. Its current IIHF world ranking is 32nd, far behind the other 11 countries that qualified by traditional means.

NHL players are now expected to participate in the Beijing Games after being disqualified from participating in the 2018 Games. That also raised some concerns that China, which has never produced a product. out NHL players, will feel embarrassed during the competition.

China is placed in the same group as Canada, the United States and Germany.

IIHF President Luc Tardif said the governing body was considering withdrawing China from the Olympics in favor of Norway, the world’s highest-ranked country, who did not qualify.

“Watching a team get beaten 15-0 is not good for anyone – not for China, or for ice hockey,” Tardif said at the time.

But the IIHF decided to let China compete after seeing how the Kunlun Red Star – a Chinese team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League featuring hopeful Olympic players – played against their Russian opponents. Kunlun lost both games, but made it through the first half.

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Huynh Nguyen

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