Cologne (SID) – Franz Rindl complained about the “negative influence” from his country after he was defeated in the election for the presidency of the World Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The 66-year-old man from Garmisch-Partenkirchen complained of “prohibited checks from behind” in an interview with Sport-Information-Dienst (SID). Reindal lost the vote against Frenchman Luc Tardiff at the IIHF Semi-Annual Congress in St Petersburg on Saturday.
The Swiss were the favorites in the race for the successor of René Faisel, president of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB). Ultimately, Reindal also lost the election for the post of Vice President of Europe and Africa, only to serve on the Council. He no longer wants to stand for election as DEB Boss in the coming year.
A day before the election in the World Union, Der Spiegel shed light on Reindel’s allegedly questionable corporate and association management. It also includes questions about how Reindl’s role as president can be reconciled with his work as a well-paid managing director of a DEB subsidiary. The ethics committee of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has been notified, and several state associations are seeking clarification.
Spiegel’s story, “written by instincts and deliberately introduced to Congress”, in the view of Reindl, “definitely had a negative impact on the election,” he told SID: “As from a regional union together, unreliable apparently was a letter of censure” also to the Council of the World Union, but not to Rindle himself.
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