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MOSCOW, 27 Jul – Athletes from Latvia who compete in Russia or Belarus may be subject to criminal liability upon returning to their homeland, according to Delfi.
According to the source, the law enforcement agencies of Latvia will closely monitor these athletes. The publication does not note whether this will be punishable by a prison term, but clarifies with reference to the Latvian security service that the athletes may face criminal liability.
In April, the Latvian Seimas adopted amendments to the law on sports, according to which athletes and coaches are prohibited from participating in competitions held in Russia and Belarus.
At the end of June, the Moscow hockey club “Spartak” announced the signing of a contract with the Latvian striker Miks Indrashis for one year. After that, the Secretary General of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation, Roberts Pluzejs, said that the forward could stop being invited to the national team. Then Indrashis called untrue information about the contract with Spartak. Later, the club noted that if the player decides not to fulfill the terms of the contract, he must pay compensation to the “red-whites” in accordance with the KHL regulations. Then the hockey player signed a contract with the German club Schwenninger Wild Wings.
In addition to him, the former goalkeeper of the Latvian national team Janis Kalnins, who previously signed a contract with the Khabarovsk Amur, is playing in the KHL. Due to the continuation of the game in Russia, he will be denied an invitation to the national team. In July, the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LHF) received an application for Kalnins to transfer to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) transfer system, after which the Latvian side blocked the deal. Previously, he played for Dynamo Riga and Jokerit Helsinki.