"We made a change that after the presentation of medals and before the presentation of the Cup, the losing team can leave the ceremony", — said Vice-President of the organization Kalervo Kummola Agency TASS.
Changes in regulations were introduced in order to avoid in the future a situation that happened a year ago at the 2015 world Championships in Prague. Then after the final match Russia — Canada (1:6), most of the players of the Russian team before the anthem of Canada went to the locker room, despite calls for partners Alexander Ovechkin.
Later, the curator of the Russian national team and President of the Moscow "Dynamo" Arkady Rotenberg said that "the incident is not due to the fact that the guys wanted to hurt team Canada. And it was not conceived in advance. What happened, honestly, carelessness. Definitely going to apply sanctions, to punish. First of all, General Manager and head coach. They were supposed to be on the ice until that moment, until you hear all the hymns. As they left the ground early. This is unacceptable".
In August last year, the IIHF has fined the Russian hockey Federation on the results of this incident on 80 thousand Swiss francs.
The world Cup will be held this year in Moscow and St. Petersburg from 6 to 22 may.