In response to the coronavirus situation, the local authorities in the Primorye Region decided to suspend funding for professional sports teams in the region.
The hockey club will not be closed down but will continue its work. The junior team, Tayphun, will compete in the PariMatch Junior Hockey League in 2020-21. Admiral plans to compete in the KHL in 2021-22.
KHL President Alexei Morozov:
We are sorry to announce that Admiral will be unable to take part in next season’s KHL championship. Fans of the team should not worry: the club will continue. The situation with the on-going spread of COVID-19 is far from simple and, at the current time, it is not possible to assess the consequences of pandemic. We tried to find ways to help Admiral compete next season, but the regional governor made this decision in response to the situation on the ground. Issues affecting players currently under contract with the club are under control and will be resolved.
The KHL remains in contact with its member clubs, as well as federal and local government officials. The league would ask everyone involved with hockey to avoid making hasty decisions in the face of this situation. We have the time and opportunity to work together to discuss all of these issues as they emerge and find solutions that offer the greatest benefit to all concerned – players, clubs and fans alike.