Belarus, Latvia and Finland all winners as IIHF awards World Championships
Ice hockey - 22 May 2017
Minsk in Belarus and Riga in Latvia will host the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, the International Ice Hockey Federation announced on Friday, after the joint bid narrowly triumphed over a bid from Tampere and Helsinki in Finland.
However, the Finnish bid was subsequently awarded the following edition in 2022.
The decisions were made at the IIHF’s annual congress in Cologne, which is jointly hosting this year’s world championships with Paris.
The IIHF said: “After consulting other top-division teams whether there would be potential applicants to run for 2022 against Finland, it was decided to propose having the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Tampere and Helsinki, which was unanimously approved by the 2017 IIHF Annual Congress.”
Forthcoming hosts for the IIHF World Championships are as follows:
• 2018: Copenhagen and Herning (Denmark)
• 2019: Bratislava and Kosice (Slovakia)
• 2020: Zurich and Lausanne (Switzerland)
• 2021: Minsk (Belarus) and Riga (Latvia)
• 2022: Tampere and Helsinki (Finland)