Updated 08:52 PM EDT, Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Putin Shows Off Impressive Hockey Skills on 63rd Birthday

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For his 63rd birthday, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an amazing feat of scoring 7 goals in a hockey game.

According to ABC, Putin joined the ice hockey match in the Olympic city of Sochi on Wednesday.

Yahoo Sports also noted that he celebrated his birthday along with friends and some famous hockey players in the country including Slava Fetisov, Pavel Bure, Alexander Mogilny and Valeri Kamensky.

"They played some shinny and in a surprise Putin's team won 15-10 with the Russian president scoring seven goals," added the same report noting that Putin also put on some great defensive skills for his team.

After the game, the Russian president was awarded by the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia a trophy for winning the game and a medal "for his contribution to hockey in Russia."

"Those who are moving with eyes on a victory, will certainly score it," Putin was quoted by ABC as saying during a television interview after the match.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail indicated Putin played against defense minister Sergei Shoigu and tycoons Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg.

This was not his first hockey game for this month as Yahoo said he also teamed up with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in a hockey match.

"Last year he recorded 11 points and the shootout winner in a post-inauguration game," the same report added.

According to The Guardian, the Russian president has made great effort to develop the sport in his country. It added that Putin is a lover of hockey and judo as well.

"You inspire millions of our citizens to take up physical culture and sport -- not just hockey but also wrestling, track and field, gymnastics, shooting, all types. Whoever moves and goes toward victory will achieve it!" the Russian president added.

Putin still managed to celebrate his birthday despite him announcing that their warships have joined Syria to target ISIL in the country using 26 rockets, as per Aljazeera.

"In addition to the air force, four warships of the Caspian flotilla have been involved. The intensity of the strikes is increasing," said Shoigu.

The missiles reportedly flew about 1,500km over Iran and Iraq and made airstrikes on Raqqa and Aleppo provinces and Idlib province.

Mirror, on the other hand, said that human rights groups in the country reported a great increase in the death of civilians after Russia joined the air campaigns.

A report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tagged the attaches as "the most intense fighting in months," which has made people fear further attacks, as per Mirror.

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