Election for head of the Ice Hockey Federation to be held in June 2016

THE SLOVAK Ice Hockey Federation (SZĽH) chairman Igor Nemeček has submitted to the wishes of dissatisfied players - he has promised to change the statutes and the possibility to hold a new election, the date of which should be specified in June 2016, the Sme daily wrote September 17. 

Slovak Ice Hockey Federation chairman Igor Nemeček Slovak Ice Hockey Federation chairman Igor Nemeček (Source: Sme)

Based on the meeting of the SZĽH Executive Committee held the day before, Nemeček will stay in the post until at least the summer of 2016.

The Slovak ice hockey crisis was sparked by the result of the election of the SZĽH chair in June, when Nemeček beat Richard Lintner (a former national hockey team player). Critics of the election denounced the statutes according to which even SZĽH employees and members of the expert committees were allowed to vote.

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Displeased hockey players asked for the change in the statutes and a new election on September 11. The appeal was signed by 52 former and current national team players.

The amendments to the statutes have to be approved by the SZĽH Supervisory Board, which will not meet until June 2016 and that's why the date has been set for this time of the year.

“The SZĽH Executive Committee will submit a proposal to the Supervisory Board to change the statutes in a way that only the representatives of ice hockey clubs will be entitled to vote for the president of the SZĽH,” said Nemeček.

The proposal will enjoy the full support of Igor Nemeček and the other members of the Executive Committee as well as the new national team coach Zdeno Cíger.

“If the amendment is approved by the Supervisory Board, an extraordinary congress will be convened and new chair of the SZĽH will be elected for a period of three years,” stated Nemeček.

He did not specify if he will run for the chair. Lintner, on the other hand, insinuated that he might take the chance again.

The General Manager of the Slovak national team Robert Švehla as well as its coach Zdeno Cíger are to meet with the leader of the dissatisfied hockey players Michal Handzuš on September 17, with all parties hoping that the fiery situation will calm down for the time being.

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