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Russia to Host 2023 World Ice Hockey Championships

The city's Ice Palace, built for the 2000 world championships, will also host games in 2023

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Russian fans in Slovakia on May 21. RFERL

The city of St. Petersburg has been chosen to host the 2023 world ice hockey championships, bringing the tournament back to Russia for the first time since 2016.

The International Ice Hockey Federation said on May 24 that it had also chosen the Czech cities of Prague and Ostrava for the 2024 championships, while the 2025 tournament will be co-hosted by Sweden and Denmark, though the host cities have yet to be determined.

As part of its bid, Russian officials pledged to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the tournament.

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As part of its bid, Russian officials pledged to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the tournament. RFERL

The city’s Ice Palace, built for the 2000 world championships, will also host games in 2023.

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Russia, which combined with the Soviet Union has won gold at the world championships a record 27 times, plays Finland on May 25 in the semifinals of this year’s tournament, being held in Slovakia.

Canada plays the Czech Republic in the second semifinal, with the gold medal match to be played on May 26. The Swiss cities of Zurich and Lausanne will host next year’s championships, followed by the Belarusian capital, Minsk, and Latvia’s Riga in 2021. (RFERL)

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To Mock Elon Musk, Russia Launched a Toy Car into Space

Rogozin is known for his rivalry with Musk which often comes out publicly as sarcastic banters

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In response to Musk's space stunt, the team from Russia's Tomsk State University launched a toy replica of the red Zhiguli car. Flickr

Mocking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a Tesla car into space in 2018, Russian scientists sent their own red car outside the Earth, but the car was actually just a toy.

In February 2018, SpaceX launched its reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle — Falcon Heavy for the first time along with a cherry-red Tesla Roadster with a mannequin called ‘Starman’ behind the wheel.

In response to Musk’s space stunt, the team from Russia’s Tomsk State University launched a toy replica of the red Zhiguli car owned by Dmitry Rogozin, who serves as the Director General of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Futurism reported on Friday.

Rogozin is known for his rivalry with Musk which often comes out publicly as sarcastic banters on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Mocking SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched a Tesla car into space in 2018. Pixabay

Along with the toy car, the Russian scientists also put a tiny cut-out of a smiling Rogozin in the driver’s seat.

Unlike ‘Starman’, however, the Rogozin replica returned to the Earth and landed an estimated 2,000 kilometres away from its launch site after about 16 hours of flight, the report said.

Russia’s space mockery targeting Musk was executed just days after Rogozin said he would not hire Musk to get help with reusable rocketry.

While Rogozin has not met Musk as yet, he frequently reacts publicly to the SpaceX CEO’s tweets and slams SpaceX over ‘killing competitors’.

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Rogozin said he would gladly meet the multi-billionaire if he ever comes to Russia for a private visit. (IANS)