Posted by Graham Goodman on 11th March 2004 at 16:17 GMT
Posted from 22.214.171.124 (82-32-86-97.cable.ubr01.chap.blueyonder.co.uk)
In reply to Re: Olympic qualifications posted by Dennis Lennox II on 11th March 2004 at 15:36 GMT:
It's not a question of qualifying for citizenship. The IIHF by-law assumes that citizenship is already held. What they are saying is that if you are a dual passport holder, then you must play in a league ruled by the national governing for two consecutive seasons before you are allowed to play for that country. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland come under completely different ice hockey federations (Ice Hockey UK through the Northern Ireland Hockey Federation for Northern Ireland, the Ireland Ice Hockey Association for the Republic of Ireland). If you want to play for Ireland and you have a dual passport, then you must play south of the border.
FWIW, Ireland are playing their first ever senior Worlds in Iceland (Div 3) starting next Tuesday.
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