The Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LHF) is to enchantment the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) determination to offer the inexperienced mild to goaltender Jānis Kalniņš becoming a member of Russian membership aspect Amur Khabarovsk.

Kalniņš, who appeared for Latvia on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, performed for Sweden’s Växjö Lakers final season, earlier than signing a contract with Amur.

The LHF is not going to choose gamers taking part in for Russian groups due to the battle in Ukraine and rejected a request to approve Kalniņš’ switch in July.

Amur appealed to the IIHF and Kalniņš obtained permission to affix the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) membership.

The LHF is now difficult that call with the IIHF Disciplinary Board.

Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are different international locations to have like Latvia vowed to cease selecting Russian-based gamers for his or her nationwide groups.

Some gamers signed to Russia golf equipment have complained they aren’t in a monetary place to interrupt the contracts, whereas there have additionally been requires the IIHF to reflect FIFA’s coverage of permitting gamers in Russia and Ukraine to droop their contacts and signal for groups out of the country.

The IHF gave Jānis Kalniņš, right, the green light to join a Russian club ©Getty Images
The IHF gave Jānis Kalniņš, proper, the inexperienced mild to affix a Russian membership ©Getty Photographs

Latvia shares a land border with Russia, in addition to its navy ally Belarus.

Latvian sports activities authorities have by and enormous taken a hardline stance on Russia within the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

This contains laws being enacted to forestall the Latvian Olympic Unit, the physique which oversees funding for athletes from the state finances, offering funds to athletes who maintain twin Russian citizenship.

The KHL largely options Russian groups, though there are golf equipment primarily based in Belarus, Kazakhstan and China.

Latvia’s Dinamo Riga and Finnish outfit Jokerit each give up the league due to the battle in Ukraine.

The IIHF has banned Russian and Belarusian groups from its occasions due to the battle and stripped Russia of the suitable to stage the Males’s World Championship subsequent 12 months.