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Charter flights between Minsk and Riga if Belarus-Latvia IIHF WM 2021 bid wins

Sport 16.02.2017 | 13:37

MINSK, 16 February (BelTA) – Charter flights will be organized between Minsk and Riga for participants of the IIHF World Championship 2021 if Belarus and Latvia win the right to host the tournament, Secretary General of the Belarusian Hockey Federation Yaroslav Zavgorodny said during the visit of the evaluation team of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to Minsk on 15 February, BelTA has learned.

While in Minsk, the IIHF representatives discussed a strategy for the Belarus-Latvia joint bid to host the 2021 IHF World Championships. “Co-hosting is always about the movement of fans and participants of the tournament. There is no need for a thorough inspection of Minsk Arena. For example Igor Nemecek was a IIHF delegate during the Olympic qualification in September. The IIHF representatives liked the new hotels which were opened in the Belarusian capital after 2014. If our joint bid gets the support of the IIHF Congress in May, we will focus our attention on the transport connection with Riga. I can already say that charter flights will be available between the two capitals for the teams during the quarterfinal stage,” Yaroslav Zavgorodny said.

As BelTA reported earlier, representatives of the Event and Evaluation Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Igor Nemecek and Peter Forsberg paid a visit to the Belarusian capital on 15 February to see the facilities which can be used if Belarus and Latvia win the bid to co-host the 2021 IIHF World Championship.

Belarus and Latvia have placed a joint bid to host the 2021 IIHF World Championship. The final decision on the host country will be made during the IIHF Congress in Cologne on 19 May 2017.

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