Another major sporting event in 2020, the World Ice Hockey Championship, has been officially canceled. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation).
“Given the current circumstances and discussions with various stakeholders, the IIHF Board has decided that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Cup in Zurich and Lausanne cannot take place,” the press release said.
“This is a harsh reality for hockey, but we have to accept it,” said IIHF President Rene Fasel. – Coronavirus is a global problem that requires significant efforts on the part of government agencies to combat its spread.
We must do everything possible to support this fight. Therefore, we will postpone the competition and support both state bodies and hockey players.
It is reported that it is not yet possible to move the current World Cup to another country in 2021, since the upcoming world ice hockey Championships are distributed until 2025.
Currently, the issue of how funds will be returned to those who bought tickets to the competition is being resolved.
The tournament was scheduled to take place in Switzerland from May 8 to 24. Let us remind you that currently only one country hosts hockey competitions around the world.