VLADIMIR Putin has missed his beloved annual ice hockey game as rumours continue to swirl regarding his health.
It is just the second time the Russian leader has missed the event at which he usually takes part in a gala match as part of the Night Hockey League National Festival in Sochi.
But this year while being expected to take part, he instead sent a video message despite currently being in the Black Sea resort .
The match usually involves top officials, security chiefs, oligarchs and celebrities.
"This was always a firm date in his diary. Something must be wrong for him to be a no-show," a source said in Moscow.
And Putin himself usually wins the game - including scoring eight goals in 2019 before falling over on his victoy lap.
Mystery as ‘sickly’ Putin MISSES beloved annual ice hockey match and sends video message with ‘blotchy face’
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