Belarus, Latvia to host 2021 IIHF World Championship

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Belarus and Latvia will co-host the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in 2021, the press service of the Belarusian Hockey Federation announced in Minsk on Friday.

According to the results of the secret voting by the IIHF Congress in Cologne, Germany, the joint bid of Minsk and Riga got 55 votes, while Finland's bid received 52. Finland will host the championship in 2022.

Belarus and Latvia have submitted a joint application to host the 2021 IIHF World Championship in January 2017.

The IIHF World Championship was held in Latvia in 2006 and in Belarus in 2014, respectively.

The tournament will be held on May 7-23, 2021. It is planned that the IIHF World Championship final and semifinals will be held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

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