Belarus coach resigns

Zankovets steps down after disappointing Worlds campaign

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Eduards Zankovets announced his resignation after coaching the Belarusian national team during two World Championships. Photo: Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images

MINSK – Underperformance at the recent World Championship caused another coach replacement as Belarus coach Eduard Zankovets resigned on Thursday.

Zankovets was named head coach of the Belarusian national team one year ago for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, where Belarus ended up tenth. In Slovakia, they finished the 2011 IIHF World Championship in 14th place, as the team avoided relegation in the last game.

The performance caused quite a stir at home. The country’s long-serving president Alexander Lukashenko told the national news agency BelTA that “such a performance is unacceptable” during the event and called it a “shame”.

That the meeting of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Association’s coaching council would end with a change in the head-coaching position didn’t come as a surprise after the worst result in eight years.

Zankovets offered his resignation, which was unanimously accepted by the council. A successor will be named before the season starts.

“We failed to fulfill the task. That is why the coaches believe that they should step down. All the other things relating to the appointment of a new coach are now up to the association officials,” Zankovets was quoted by BelTA.



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