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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Petrov, Sych End Face-Off Over Russian Ice Hockey

The two men who have engaged in a nasty legal battle for control of Russia's lucrative professional hockey program have settled their differences.

Vladimir Petrov, president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation until he was fired in April 1994, has said that he was ending his efforts to regain the post. He recognized his erstwhile rival, Valentin Sych, as the new chief, saying their feud was not in the best interests of Russian ice hockey.

Sych, for his part, acknowledged mistakes in his dismissal of Petrov and said he would withdraw a court appeal he filed earlier this month.

The ousted Petrov is to receive unspecified financial compensation for the 15 months the job was in dispute, officials said.

The settlement was announced after a meeting of top hockey and sports officials at the Russian Olympic Committee building Saturday.

Shamil Tarpishchev, Russia's sports minister, presided over Saturday's reconciliation.