It is good that Belarus managed to save its place in the elite division during 2017 IIHF Worlds in Paris. The team’s dropout could significantly lower the chances of Minsk and Riga to win the right to co-host the World Championship in 2021, IIHF President René Fasel said.
According to Fasel’s statement in an interview to the program “Sport Kadr” on Belarus 5 TV channel, the chances of Minsk and Riga are higher than that of Finland.
“Both applications – of Finland and of Belarus-Latvia are very strong. I personally was satisfied by them. But I would like to stress that the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk is more fresh than the one that was held in Scandinavia,” the channel quoted Fasel.
“Besides, it took place relatively recently and at the highest level. Therefore, I believe that you have more chances of winning – about 60% as compared to Finland,” René Fasel said.
He added that if Belarus had lost its place in the world’s hockey elite, the ratio would be in favor of Finland.
“Everything will be decided on Friday,” Fazel concluded.
The decision about the host of the 2021 IIHF World Hockey Championship will be made at the annual congress of the International Ice Hockey Federation in Cologne on 19 May.
Belarus and Latvia submitted a joint bid to host the championship in January. The two countries are rivaling Finland.
In February representatives of IIHF paid a visit to Minsk to inspect the facilities that can be used for the tournament in case Belarus and Latvia win the bid.