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Ak Bars asks for termination the 2019/20 KHL season

HC Ak Bars is extremely concerned about the pandemic of coronavirus. We believe that no one has the right to take responsibility for the lives and health of people. Presently, the emergency measures provided by the Russian government to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, rule out the possibility of a regular training process for the team, since its continuation endanger health of players, staff and their families.

In addition, foreign players and coaches of the club strongly urge the possibility to return home to their families and loved ones in Belarus, Latvia, Canada, Sweden and Finland, and we have no moral authority to deny their request.

If the playoffs are staged behind closed doors without participation of HC Barys and HC Jokerit, the sports quality of such a tournament will be absent and will minimize the value of winning the KHL Championship. Ak Bars hockey club has requested expeditious consideration by the KHL of early termination of the 2019/20 season without determining the Gagarin Cup winner. We believe that this decision will be the most prudential and correct, and will keep up our reputation as a hockey family that cares about the safety of its members.