After the exclusion of Russia and Belarus, the French team will compete in the Ice Hockey Worlds

France will meet the elite of world hockey. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) announced Friday that France and Africa will replace Russia and Belarus, suspending all competitions following Ukraine’s invasion of the World Championships, which will take place in Finland. from 13 to 29 May next.

The Bleus thus take the place of the Russians in Group A, whose matches will take place in Helsinki, while the Austrians will occupy that of the Belarusians in Group B in Tampere.

In 2019, the French had lost their place in the elite after 11 consecutive seasons at the highest level in the world, finishing last in their group after a defeat against Britain (3-4, ap).

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