Hockey: Ice Hockey-Finland and Latvia to host 2023 world championship – IIHF

(Reuters) – Finland and Latvia will stage subsequent yr’s ice hockey world championship after St Petersburg was stripped of internet hosting rights following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, governing physique IIHF mentioned on Friday.

The event is scheduled for May 12-28 within the southern Finnish metropolis of Tampere and Latvian capital Riga.

IIHF mentioned in April that it could transfer the championship away from St Petersburg due to considerations concerning the nicely-being of gamers and officers after the invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “particular navy operation”.

The federation additionally introduced that the 2026 world championship will happen in Zurich and Fribourg, Switzerland after Kazakhstan withdrew their bid.

Finland is internet hosting this yr’s version of the event, which is due to conclude on Sunday.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk; Editing by Toby Davis)

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