Kalervo Kummola, Vice President Of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), said that the 2020 Hockey World Cup could be canceled due to a coronavirus. The tournament should be held in Switzerland. Now in Switzerland, the national championship matches are held without spectators. Kummola said that if the ban on spectators attending sports events is not lifted , the tournament will not take place. He also noted that the transfer to another country is impossible.
— The men’s world Cup will be canceled if Switzerland decides to continue the ban on matches with spectators after mid -March, – quotes the functionary Ilta-Sanomat. — Then we can ‘t do anything about Switzerland ‘s decision. Of course, it will be unpleasant if the World Cup has to be canceled, but health first of all.
IIHF President Rene Fasel has no plans to reduce the number of participants in the world hockey championship 2020. Earlier, the media reported that the number of teams may be reduced. In addition, there is a possibility of holding the tournament without spectators. The cause was an outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic. Because of this, in particular, Switzerland has imposed a temporary ban on holding mass events for more than 1,000 spectators.
“We can’t postpone the World Cup, it’s too difficult,” Fazel was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. — I can also say that we will not reduce the number of world Cup participants. 16 teams will take part in the tournament. In mid-March, we will have more detailed information about the coronavirus situation in Europe. The IIHF monitors the spread of the coronavirus in Europe and Switzerland.
As you know, last week the Swiss authorities decided that because of the coronavirus, no more than 1,000 people should gather at sports events. So, the last matches of the Swiss ice hockey championship were held without spectators, and this, of course, is terrible. You can’t play hockey like that. I do not consider it possible to hold hockey matches without spectators. I can tell you for sure that no match of the world hockey championship will be held without spectators.