World Children’s Ice Hockey Championship 2022 canceled due to increased COVID-19 cases among players

On Wednesday, the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) announced it would cancel the remainder of the 2022 World Youth Championship as the number of COVID-19 cases increased. With the growing number of positive cases among players, IIHF feels the best and safest option is to stop the tournament together.

IIHF officials met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the upcoming plan, and while they were looking for a way to safely resume, the eventual conclusion was to cancel.

IIHF website speak“On the recommendation of the COVID-19 Health Team and the tournament’s IIHF Health Committee, the IIHF Board has decided that, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the World Junior Championships World IIHF 2022 will be canceled ensuring the health and safety of all participants.”

IIHF President Luc Tardif speak:

“We owe it to the participating teams that did their best to make this event possible. Unfortunately, this was not enough. Now we have to take a moment and focus on getting all the players involved. Team players and staff returned home safely.”

The federation changed its safety protocols this year from the 2021 World Youth Championship, where a bubble was put in place for all event participants to help prevent the spread of the virus. withdraw. Without a bubble, COVID-19 cases become a serious safety concern.

Games were canceled before being canceled due to positive tests, including the US canceling the match against Switzerland. The Czech Republic dropped the match against Finland and Russia dropped the match against Slovakia.

The IIHF said that following the seizure, “the sporting integrity of the event was compromised and the event must be cancelled.”

With the change in protocol this year and the players, coaches and staff staying at a hotel open to the public, many expressed their disappointment with the way it was all organised.

Canadian Hockey President Scott Smith and CEO Tom Renney insist that everyone’s safety is always a primary goal.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have always made the health and safety of event participants and the community a top priority, and with the news that we have had cases of extreme in the World Juniors environment, we understand and support the decision to cancel the remainder of the event,” the two said in a joint statement. “While we know this was the right decision, we sympathize with all the participants who won the opportunity to represent their countries on the world stage and that will not be the case. make that dream come true.” World Children’s Ice Hockey Championship 2022 canceled due to increased COVID-19 cases among players

James Brien

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