Sushinsky doesn’t know what’s the point of assembling Russian squad after IIHF ban extended

World champion Maxime Sushinsky told Sport Day by Day that it was necessary to increase the regular season of the Fonbet KHL Championship after the Russian team withdrew from international competition for another year.

The Council of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) on Wednesday extended the suspension of the national teams of Russia and Belarus from competition for the 2023/24 season. Both teams will miss the 2024 World Cup, which will be held in the Czech Republic.

— The KHL regular season must be increased. It’s been long overdue. And not only because of this, it is necessary to increase it. Some hockey players finished in February and the next official games in September. They will rest for six months. Keep in shape by training for six months. What is the thrill of sport in such constant training?

– And play the playoffs until mid-May.

– One hundred percent! What difference does it make if you played 60 or 80 regular season games? And if you increase the regular season, the playoffs, then the public will be interested and the hockey players will be better off. Where are the athletes without a competitive component?

– And the Russian team? Does it make sense without competition?

I don’t know what’s the point of them getting together. Gather for the pleasure of gathering. Not to be forgotten or what? Keep the team spirit. That’s all.

The IIHF suspended the Russian and Belarusian teams from participating in competitions under its auspices at the end of February 2022.

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“Day to Day Sports”

Source : MatchTV

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