The Semi-Annual Congress of the International Ice Hockey Federation allocated the men’s 2013 IIHF World Championship to Sweden. The championship sites will be the capital Stockholm (Globe Arena, 13.850) and the southern city of Malmö, where a 12.500-seat arena is currently being built.
After applying for the rights to hold the 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Championship, and losing on each occasion, Sweden finally succeeded. And it was a landslide victory. The Swedish bid received 70 out of the 96 votes. Belarus received 15 votes, Hungary 8 and Czech Republic got three votes. Prior to the voting Latvia withdrew from the race and endorsed the Swedish bid.
Sweden has been the host of the IIHF’s flagship event on nine previous occasions, last time in 2002. See IIHF.COM for more information.
In other major news from the congress:
++ The IIHF is looking into the possibility of altering the 16-team format that has been in place since the 1998 championship, when the tournament expanded from 12 teams in 1997.
"We are looking at the possibility of going to 14 teams, divided into two groups of seven," Sports Committee Chairman and IIHF Vice President Kalervo Kummola confirmed. No timeline for the potential change was specified. But if the next congress approves the Sports Committee proposal, the new format could be in place possibly for 2010 (Germany), 2011 (Slovakia) or 2012 (Finland).
"But nothing is written in stone, said Kummola. We may be looking at other options as well."
In order for the change to happen, a committee proposal must first be approved by the IIHF Council (Board) and finally the congress.
++ Hockey Canada announced that Calgary will be the host city for the inaugural World Women’s U18 championship, with the USA, Canada, and six European nations participating on January 7-12, 2008. Introducing the women’s U18 category was one of the IIHF’s ambitions for the 100th Anniversary year in 2008.
Upcoming IIHF World Championships:
2008 CANADA, Halifax & Quebec City 02-18.05.08
2009 SWITZERLAND, Bern & Zürich – Kloten 24.04-10.05.09
2010 GERMANY, Cologne & Mannheim 07-23.05.10
2011 SLOVAKIA, Bratislava & Kosice 30.04-15.05.11
2012 FINLAND, Helsinki & Turku 28.04-13.05.12
2013 SWEDEN, Stockholm & Malmö, TBA