Putin misses a hockey tournament for the first time and rumors of his health – Observer

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It is an annual tradition. The Russian president usually participates in a hockey tournament, which is usually held in May. For example, in 2021, the team to which Vladimir Putin belonged (always using the number 11) managed to win the match 13-9.. A year later, the Russian head of state did not take part in the competition – and this decision added to rumors about his health.

The Night Ice Hockey League in Sochi was an initiative created by Vladimir Putin himself in 2011. This was the first time the president was absent from the tournament and the second time he did not play – in 2013 he also did not play, was on any team health problems.

Although not present in this year’s edition, The Russian president refused to pay tribute to the incidentrecorded a video for this purpose in which he left a short welcome message: “I wish you good luck in the battles on the ice and that everything goes for the best. The best player wins.”

“The tournament is unique in that it brings together hockey fans from different generations – veterans of the sport and newcomers who decided to set up their own team to succeed and test your character, ”Vladimir Putin said.

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The unusual absence of the Russian leader, which has rarely been seen in public since the invasion of Ukraine, here is a video that was posted in this tournament. According to the Russian head of state New York Post there were black dots on his facewhich seems to have been covered in makeup.

Vladimir Putin has always been proud of his physical condition, even though he is almost 70 years old. According to the TASS agency, he was considered “the fastest president in the world,” and he practiced a variety of sports, including judo, hockey, and motorsports. At the end of 2021, the Russian head of state scored seven goals in a hockey match against the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.

Kremlin spokesman Dmytro Peskov announced last week that Vladimir Putin would not take part in the hockey tournament and did not justify the absence of the Russian president.

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