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Široký admits it’s time to step down

On May 12, the Sme daily wrote about the situation in Slovak ice hockey after the Slovak team ended thirteenth in the A category at the World Championship in Canada. It was Slovakia's worst ranking ever in this category.

On May 12, the Sme daily wrote about the situation in Slovak ice hockey after the Slovak team ended thirteenth in the A category at the World Championship in Canada. It was Slovakia's worst ranking ever in this category.

Juraj Široký, head of the Slovak Ice Hockey Union, admitted to the daily that he did not see how he could continue serving in his post. He said that the outcome will likely cause heads to roll at all levels.

He blamed the bad result on events that preceded the championship, including his conflict with former NHL star and MEP Peter Šťastný (SDKÚ-DS), who had criticised Široký for devoting more time to making deals than to attracting young players.

Slovakia plans to host the World Ice Hockey Championship in 2011, but is still debating where to locate the stadium, how to finance it and who will build it. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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