the ice hockey world championship can urgently move from Switzerland in Sochi
the world hockey championship in 2020, which the plan should be held in Switzerland from 8 to 24 may, is under threat due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Competitions can be moved to the Russian city of Sochi, the final decision will be made two weeks prior to the start of the tournament.
As stated by the head of the International ice hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel, the issue has been discussed with the Federation of hockey of Russia (FHR). In Sochi there are two ice arenas, which were built for the Olympic games 2014, – “Big” and “Puck”.
“Not many countries in which we can postpone the tournament. To move the world Cup will be very difficult, but probably will be able to move it to Sochi, there is also a version with Belarus, – quotes Fasel TASS. – Now we start to explore various solutions to the problem. We discussed with FHR if we can hold the Championships in Sochi, but I can’t say anything until 15 March.”
In connection with the threat of coronavirus, the Swiss government banned public events with an audience of over 1000 people. The ban was imposed until 15 March and can be renewed. World Cup 2020 in Zurich and Lausanne will be reversed only if the decision is to approve the local government.
IIHF also willing to consider the option of reducing the number of participants of the championship, which is attended by 16 teams, and the games without spectators.
“in two weeks the Swiss government will decide whether to play with the audience. We need to wait until March 15, after which we will the IIHF Council, which will discuss what will happen with the world Cup. It may happen that two or three teams will not be able to come. It may be that you will not be allowed to participate players from the NHL: the situation is very serious, but our goal is to hold the tournament,” added Fazel.
Informed the IIHF announced the cancellation of the March from the Junior world Championships in different divisions, which were to be held in Tallinn, Sofia, Istanbul, Luxembourg Kockelscheuer, Polish Katowice and Spanish hack.
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