Hayley Wickenheiser slams IOC, FIFA for handling of Russia

Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser reacts as a vehicle approaches the donation drive for personal protective equipment at XYZ Storage in Toronto on Saturday, April 11, 2020, amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. (Tijana Martin/CP)

Canadian hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser ripped the IOC and FIFA for the way they have handled events with Russia recently in a post on Twitter on Sunday night.

A former member of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Wickeheiser made the comments one day before the IIHF is set to meet to discuss Russian participation in upcoming hockey events following the country's invasion of Ukraine.

A four-time Olympic gold medallist and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Wickenheiser also posted a picture of a woman holding up a middle finger and wrote "this pretty much sums up how the world feels about your sanctions." and to "Get out of bed with Putin and lead!"

Russia was allowed to compete under the name Russian Olympic Committee in the recently completed Beijing Olympics despite multiple state-run doping violations.

The IOC has condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, saying it violated the Olympic Truce. It has called on international federations to cancel or move events planned in Russia and Belarus and to stop using the countries' flags and national anthems.

On Sunday, FIFA did not immediately expel Russia from World Cup qualifying, only ordering the country to play without its flag and anthem at neutral venues under the name of its federation — the Football Union of Russia. 

Protesting against FIFA’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Poland said it would still refuse to play the country in a World Cup playoff semifinal, which is scheduled for March 24.

-- With files from The Associated Press

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