Yohann Auvitu and Stéphane Da Costa not selectable for the France team due to the war in Ukraine

According to our information, Yohann Auvitu and Stéphane Da Costa are currently no longer selectable for the France team, because they are playing this season in the Russian Championship (KHL), a country which is waging a war of aggression in Ukraine. They could become so again, if the Russian invasion ceased. As it stands, Auvitu and Da Costa, two pillars of the Blues for a decade, will not participate in the next World Championship (May 12-28, 2023), in Finland.

At the beginning of last August, Yohann Auvitu, the defender of the France team, who was then playing in Finland, had surprised and plunged the world of French hockey into embarrassment, by signing for a season with Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, a KHL team.

No official decision in France for athletes who play in Russia

Stéphane Da Costa, another French international, has also played since 2018 in this extremely competitive Championship, considered the best in the world after the NHL. After stints in Yaroslavl and Kazan, he returned to Yekaterinburg last season. He will begin the last year of his signed contract in 2021.

In France, no official decision has yet been taken regarding French athletes playing in Russia. Only the French Basketball Federation has asked its players to sign a sworn statement not to play there (as well as in Belarus, an allied country of the Russians).

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