Be­larus and Latvia to co-host 2021 hockey worlds

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

COLOGNE, Ger­many — Be­larus and Latvia will co-host the 2021 world hockey cham­pi­onship, while Fin­land will stage the 2022 event. The In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion says the Be­larusLatvia bid won ``by a very tight mar­gin’’ against Fin­land. Fin­land then said it was ready to host a year later and was unan­i­mously ap­proved. The last time Be­larus held the tour­na­ment, as sole host in 2014, it sparked protests from some Euro­pean politi­cians and hu­man rights ac­tivists con­cerned about the au­thor­i­tar­ian rule of Pres­i­dent Alexan­der Lukashenko. An avid hockey player, Lukashenko has been in power since 1994 and has often sup­pressed po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

In 2022, the Fin­nish cities of Helsinki and Tam­pere will host games.

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