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11-21-2012, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by saffronleaf View Post
Fair enough. I do not know much about hockey culture in the Baltic states and was merely applying a method used in other sports (of combining smaller countries in international competitions so that they can be competitive).
No other sport decided to combine independant countries in international competitions, the West Indies cricket team was created a good 70 years before the respective countries became independant.

Originally Posted by saffronleaf View Post
Some sporting organizations treat the UK as one national entity. As you said, it's all about how the IIHF operates; it doesn't really matter what other international sporting organizations recognize.
Pretty much every sporting organization regard the UK as one national entity, mainly because the UK is one national entity.

The only sports that do not are sports that have been invented and/or developed in the UK: football, rugby union and cricket. Even rugby league until recently had one combined GB team. The English, Scottish and Welsh football associations predate FIFA and were merely grandfathered in, same for rugby union.

Originally Posted by ScottyBowman View Post
Yup. Soccer has as much integrity as the Olympics. The numerous betting scandals, the teams that arm hooligans to attack their opponents fans, the violence, the ridiculous diving.
The lockouts.

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