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Belarus and Latvia to host 2021 IIHF Worlds, Finland lands 2022 event

Belarus and Latvia have been awarded joint hosting rights to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Men’s World Championship in 2021, while Finland has been announced as the host of the 2022 event.

The 2021 tournament will take place in Minsk and Riga, the capitals of Belarus and Latvia, respectively, from May 7-23. The cities fought off competition from Tampere and Helsinki in Finland to land the event. Tampere and Helsinki will instead stage the 2022 edition.

The 2021 event will be held at the 15,000-capacity Minsk Arena and the 10,300-seat Arena Riga. A new arena in Tampere will serve as the main venue of the 2022 tournament, with Helsinki’s 13,400-seat Hartwall Arena also set to stage games.

Minsk and Riga have each staged the showpiece event once before, in 2014 and 2006, respectively.

Finland has staged the event seven times in the past, most recently in 2013 when Helsinki co-hosted with Stockholm in Sweden. Tampere played host in 1982, 1991, 1997 and 2003.

This year’s event concluded yesterday (Sunday) and was co-hosted by Cologne in Germany and the French capital of Paris. Sweden defeated Canada in the final to claim its 10th title.

The World Championship will travel to Denmark in 2018, Slovakia in 2019 and Switzerland in 2020.