Lithuania sent IIHF an application to host the 2021 World Cup together with Latvia

litva otpravila iihf zayavku na provedenie chm 2021 vmeste s latviej

The Minister of Education, Science and Sports of Lithuania Jurgita Shugzhdinene said that the country had sent to Latvia, as well as the IIHF, official letters with an assurance of its readiness to host part of the 2021 World Cup games.

Earlier, the IIHF decided to postpone the matches of the tournament from Minsk. Another organizer of the championship is Latvia.

“Latvia looks at our proposal very positively, there is some progress in the international federation. Today we have sent official letters to both of these addresses. 

We are currently calculating how much it will cost to organize the tournament. Variants of games with the participation of the public and with empty stands are considered. Most likely, it will be without spectators, ”said Shugzhdinene.

According to the minister, the letters indicate that if such an opportunity is provided, Lithuania is ready to receive participants in the group stage matches.

The decision to postpone the 2021 World Cup matches from Minsk was made against the background of the political situation in Belarus after the presidential elections. After the victory of Alyaksandr Lukashenka was announced, protest actions were held throughout the country, which were harshly suppressed by the security forces.

Lithuania has never been the host of the world championship in the top division.

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