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Chernyshenko replaces Medvedev as KHL president

2014 Paralympic Winter Games - Previews: Day 0

SOCHI, RUSSIA - MARCH 07: Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko speaks to members of the media during the IPC-Sochi 2014 daily briefing ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on March 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

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The KHL announced a significant change in leadership, as Dmitri Chenyshenko became the league’s new president after Alexander Medvedev resigned.

Chernyshenko (pictured) headed the committee that brought the 2014 Winter Olympics to Sochi.

“I am certain that the experience gained on the Olympic project – both in organization and marketing, which is no less important – will serve to promote the league, because a strong league means a strong national team,” Chernyshenko said.

Medvedev founded the league and served as its president since 2008. Here’s a photo of Medvedev and Chernyshenko with Vladimir Putin, which gives a nice idea about how important the league and national team really are:

Vladimir Putin, Alexander Medvedev, Dmitry Chernyshenko, left,

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, meets with former KHL President Alexander Medvedev, right, and KHL newly appointed President Dmitry Chernyshenko in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)


(In case you couldn’t tell, Chernyshenko is on the left and Medvedev is on the right.)

It’s unclear why, exactly, Medvedev decided to leave his position as KHL president.

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