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Olympic ice hockey qualifier moved from Hong Kong to Hainan

HONG KONG, CHINA - OCTOBER 6: A pro-democracy protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a clash With police at a demonstration in Wan Chai district on October 6, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.(Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have led to the move of a men’s Olympic ice hockey qualifier in November to Sanya, on the Chinese island of Hainan.

Teams from Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Thailand will play in a round-robin tournament organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation from November 7 to 10. The best team will advance to the second round of the qualification for the 2022 Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament in Beijing.

Hong Kong was awarded the rights to host the qualifier tournament at the 2019 IIHF Annual Congress, when tournaments for the 2019-20 season were allocated. It has become the latest in a series of sporting events in the city that have either been cancelled or postponed in recent months due to the protests.

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