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Federation news

For print
May 19, 2017

Belarus and Latvia to host the Worlds in 2021!

The 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will take place in Minsk and Riga. This was decided by the 2017 IIHF Annual Congress today.

After a tight race between two strong applicants the 2017 IIHF Annual Congress allocated the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship to the joint bid of Minsk, Belarus, and Riga, Latvia.

The joint bid of the two neighbouring countries won by a tight margin against the Finnish bid with the cities of Tampere and Helsinki. The proposed dates are 7-23 May 2021.

Sergej Gontcharov, BIHA Vice President, IIHF Council Member:

"First of all I'd like to thank all our friends. Those who supported us, believed in us and gave us a chance to organize the World Championship in Minsk and Riga in 2021. We promise to organize the best ever tournament for all the teams, participants and fans, friends and guests of Belarus and Latvia".

Yaraslau Zauharodni, BIHA General Secretary:

"Thank you for all your support. We take our slogan PASSION.NO BORDERS. Belarus and Latvia are both passionate about hockey. We're looking forward to see you in 2021 now officially welcome to Minsk and Riga!"

The two countries decided a few months to join together for the bid with the slogan “Passion. No Borders” that seeks to show a good relationship between a country in and another outside of the European Union, which they symbolically did at yesterday’s presentation with a video sequence from a space shuttle, and without borders. And it emphasized that the passion of the hockey fans from both countries is well known despite the fact that the two countries are neither among the biggest ones in population in Europe nor among the very top nations in the World Ranking. Belarus will be ranked 10th in the new IIHF World Ranking, Latvia 12th.

The upcoming IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships:

2018: Copenhagen & Herning (Denmark)

2019: Bratislava & Kosice (Slovakia)

2020: Zurich & Lausanne (Switzerland)

2021: Minsk (Belarus) & Riga (Latvia)

2022: Tampere & Helsinki (Finland)

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