World hockey chief: Women's tournament staying

Published February 18, 2010

| AP

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The president of hockey's international body says that despite lopsided games the women's tournament will remain in future Olympics.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said Thursday that the teams from Canada and the United States are "on another planet." He says the rest of the world needs time to catch up.

Fasel spoke alongside NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at a news conference before the U.S. men played Norway.

Fasel debunked the notion that women's hockey should be eliminated, as softball was from the Summer Games in 2005. Women's hockey made its Olympics debut in 1998.

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