KYIV – The current President of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine, Anatoli Brezvin, was re-elected for another term. That was the unanimous decision of the General Congress delegates of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine, which was held on 22 December 2016 at the National University of Physical Education and Sports in Kyiv.
“I am very pleased that we have received the confidence of the General Congress to work the next four years for the development of Ukrainian ice hockey,” Brezvin said in his inaugural speech as the president.
During the Congress Brezvin reported for the previous four years of the federation’s work and briefed the audience with its program of action for the next four years, including ten key points. Such as, the resumption of the program "Hockey of Ukraine", the reconstruction of the ice arena "Avangard" in Kyiv and on its base the creation of the State Olympic ice hockey development centre, development and improvement of children's and youth hockey and work on improvement of legislation in the field of physical culture and sports.
In his speech he stressed the need to reform the system of children's and youth hockey, including the licensing of coaches in youth sports schools.
"We need to create coaches’ education, and introduce a system of licensing of youth coaches. The State Olympic ice hockey development centre should ensure the development of common training program for hockey. The legislation should regulate the status of professional athletes and sports school students, and to create an effective mechanism of the players’ transfers from club to club. These changes will protect the rights of hockey players, youth sports schools that prepared them, and hockey clubs”, Brezvin said.
Also during the Congress amendments to the charter of the federation were adopted, as well as the new Council was elected and approved.
Brezvin was elected as a president of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine in December 2006. During the last ten years the state social program "Hockey of Ukraine" was adopted, eleven modern arenas in ten different cities were built by the state and two main indoor arenas – the Palace of Sports in Kyiv and the Palace of Sports "Druzhba" in Donetsk were reconstructed.
Ukraine also organized seven IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship events, the IIHF Continental Cup Final, as well as other international competitions. In May 2016 Ukraine won the right to host the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A, which will be held at the Palace of Sports in Kyiv.
– with files of the Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine