Belarus and Latvia made a preliminary presentation of a joint bid to host the 2021 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship in Zurich on Monday, 6 March.
The application was presented to the members of the evaluation committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the press service of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation (BIHF) said.
Belarus and Latvia rival Finland, that hosted the world hockey championship eight times. The Belarusian capital welcomed Ice Hockey World Championship in 2014, while Riga, Latvia’s capital, did it in 2006.
“Our presentation made a good impression on the members of the evaluation committee. But Finland is undoubtedly a very serious competitior in this struggle”, BIHF press secretary said.
After the presentation, the IIHF committee concluded that both applications are ready for the final vote. It will take place on 19 May in Cologne at the annual IIHF congress.
The Belarusian Ice Hockey Association and the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation submitted a joint bid to co-host the 2021 World Hockey Championship on 10 January.
A month later IIHF representatives visited Minsk to eveluate the facilities that can be used in case Belarus and Latvia win the right to co-host the championship.