On Wednesday, Lithuanian Minister of Education, Science and Sports Jurgita Šiugždinienė announced that Lithuania had sent official letters to Latvia and the IIHF and expressed its desire to accept the most powerful hockey players on the planet.
“I had a video conference with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonyte. First of all, I am very grateful to the Lithuanian government for its willingness to help. We have already spoken to Bratislava, Riga, Denmark. Denmark and Bratislava already have a good experience in the ‘organization of these tournaments from 2018 and 2019. I am very grateful for the effort of the Lithuanians, but it makes no sense to choose as many candidates as possible, “said R. Faselis.
According to the IIHF president, Denmark and Slovakia are much better options.
“These countries already have experience and this gives them a huge competitive advantage over Lithuania. The Prime Minister of Lithuania understood our position. He said Lithuania is willing to help if there are problems,” R. Faselis said.
It will be recalled that initially the World Championships were to take place in Minsk and Riga. However, on Monday, the IIHF council deprived the Belarusian capital of the right to organize a tournament due to concern in the country.
The World Cup will take place from May 21 to June 6.