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Hockey players receive awards from Szeklers’ Council

Ethnic Hungarian members of Romania’s national hockey team received distinctions from the Szeklers’ Council after singing the Hungarian national anthem during the December 2011 Euro Challenge Ice Cup tournament, szekelyhon.ro reports. “They publicly embraced their identity and acted in an exemplary fashion for which they deserve to be awarded the Gabon Aron distinction by the National Szeklers’ Council,” the same source argues. “Through their gesture of publicly declaring their identity, they offered an example to be followed by all Szeklers, by all the inhabitants of the Szeklers’ Land, and made an important contribution to the battle for Szeklers’ Land autonomy,” the szekelyhon.ro release, quoted by Prosport, further reads. Romania’s national hockey team was made up during the December tournament, held in Miercurea Ciuc, of 26 players, out of whom 24 were ethnic Hungarians.

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