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Chinese Ice Hockey Association expresses condolences for Russian team air crash

(Xinhua)

16:59, September 08, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Ice Hockey Association (CIHA) on Thursday expressed sympathy and condolences for the air crash which killed at least 43 people, including ice hockey players of Russian team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

"We are so shocked by this bad news. This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community," said the CIHA in a formal letter of condolence to the Russian ice hockey association.

"On behalf of Chinese ice hockey community, the Chinese ice hockey association extends our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of players of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl who were involved in this fatal plane crash."

At least 43 out of 45 people were killed in Wednesday's crash of a Russian plane carrying the top Russian ice hockey team near the central Russian city of Yaroslavl.

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