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Slovakia and Switzerland to battle for 2019 IIHF World Championship

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has received bids from Slovakia and Switzerland to host its 2019 World Championship.

The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation and Swiss Ice Hockey Federation will find out which of their pitches is successful at the 2015 IIHF Annual Congress in Prague during next year’s edition of the national team tournament.

Slovakia hosted the 2011 World Championship in Bratislava and Kosice, with the former city a competition venue when the event took place in the former Czechoslovakia in 1959 and 1992. Bratislava and Kosice again feature in Slovakia’s proposal, with the possibility of adding a new multifunctional arena should one be built elsewhere in the country.

Berne and Zurich-Kloten were the host cities when Switzerland last staged the competition in 2009 – the eighth time it was awarded the hosting rights. The Swiss Ice Hockey Federation plans to announce its bid venues in October.

After Czech Republic’s hosting in May next year, Russia, Germany/France and Denmark will host the IIHF World Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Meanwhile, the IIHF has announced three more editions of its under-20 competition Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia in Taipei City and Kuwait City during 2014-15. The tournaments are designed for Asian countries that don’t yet fulfil the minimum participation standards for the World Championship programme but can compete with each other at regional tournaments with participants from the Middle East and Far East.