January 21, 2022

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U-20 World Hockey Championship – The U-20 World Ice Hockey Championship has been canceled

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The World Under-20 Hockey Championship has been cancelled. The International Hockey Federation (IIHF) reported this.

Updated 22:12: MS is officially canceled

Tournament problems occurred in the Canadian cities of Edmonton and Red Deer before the first severe game. Switzerland has canceled the preliminary match against the Czech Republic for a positive test by a Helvetic player.

The situation seemed calm. But the Americans tested positive on Tuesday and polluted a duel with Switzerland. The matches of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Slovakia witnessed the same fate, Wednesday, with positive experiences in the Czech and Russian teams.

After these events, the tournament management met and decided to cancel the entire event based on recommendations from the Coronavirus Medical Group, IIHF Medical Group and IIHF Board. They canceled the tournament with justifications in order to prevent the spread of the corona virus and the omicron variant and to ensure the protection of all participants.

The International Football Association Board (IIHF) considered that the third integrity of the tournament had affected the sporting integrity of the tournament.

“Together with the teams, we entered the tournament with complete confidence in the protocols of COVID-19, the IIHF, local authorities and medical organizations in Alberta and Canada. The spread of the disease and the omikron variant forced us to change protocols almost immediately after arriving at event venues to try to prevent a potential spread. Which included conducting Daily checks and quarantine for the team when positive cases are confirmed.

We owe it to the participating teams for everything they can to create the conditions necessary for the event to succeed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough. Now we have to take some time and focus on getting all the players and the whole team home safely.” said IIHF President Luke Tardiff.

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“Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Canadian Hockey Federation has worked tirelessly to ensure that world-class international events are held in a safe environment. Despite our best efforts and constantly adapting and strengthening protocols, unfortunately, given the current situation with COVID-19, we have not achieved the goal of completing the World Championships. For juniors 2022 and the medals will be presented on January 5.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have always made the health and safety of our participants and society at large a priority. Given the reports of positive cases, we understand and support the decision to cancel the remainder of the event. “While we know this is the right decision, we sympathize with all the participants who have had the opportunity to represent their countries on the world stage and who will not be able to make this dream come true,” the Canadian Federation said in a statement.

We will update the report.