A Russian ice hockey player has been awarded an unusual prize for his man-of-the-match performance an AK-47 automatic rifle.
According to BBC, The head coach of Izhstal, a club in the second tier of Russian hockey, told the team it was a fitting choice for a team from Izhevsk.
The city is known for producing one of the world’s most recognisable rifles. “Lads, today we too are introducing a tradition,” head coach Ramil Saifullin told the squad, cocking the gun.
“As we live in an arms manufacturing city, the city of the Kalashnikov, every match you will for yourselves name the best player, and the previous [recipient] will hand it over to him,” he said inviting the captain to name the first recipient.
“Can we fire it?” the captain joked, before awarding it to the goalkeeper Savely Kononov to applause from team-mates.
“Congratulations on the win, but if we play poorly we will be shot with it,” Kononov said to more applause and laughter from players.
“How do we take it to away matches?” one asked. “We will figure it out. We will carry a wooden model,” the coach replied.
As part of the new tradition, the team’s best player from the last home match will receive a Kalashnikov assault rifle for personal use.
The deadly weapon follows other weird and wonderful man-of-the-match prizes from around the world including 5GB of internet data awarded to a footballer in South Africa and a pair of sandals in Ghana.