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    Latvia and Finland to submit joint bid to organize next year's Ice Hockey World Championships

    RIGA, May 10 (LETA) - Latvia and Finland is prepared to together organize next year's Ice Hockey World Championships, which was revoked from Russia, the president of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation Aigars Kalvitis told Latvian Television last night.

    The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) revoked Russia's rights to organize the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championships due to its war against Ukraine.

    ''We are very seriously looking into submitting a joint bid with Finland. One of the group stages would be held in Riga, while the other - in Tampere. We are prepared to take this responsibility. We will see how things move forward in the coming days,'' Kalvitis said.

    Latvia organized last year's World Championships, but this tournament took place with empty seats due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Meanwhile, Slovenia and Hungary have also announced a joint bid to organize the 2023 Ice Hockey WC.

    The decision on who will be granted the right to organize the tournament will be made during the IIHF's Congress on May 26-27. 

    This year's Ice Hockey World Championships will take place from May 13 to 29, with Latvia to open the tournament this Friday against the United States.

    • Published: 10.05.2022 09:25
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