Lithuania supplied to switch ousted Belarus as co-host of this 12 months’s hockey world championships on Thursday.
Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė “discussed Lithuania’s determination” to co-host the match with neighbouring Latvia in a name with International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel, the Baltic nation’s government stated.
Fasel was a long-time supporter of Belarus persevering with as co-host till accepting it needed to change plans in fallout from the disputed re-election final 12 months of authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko. Sponsors had instructed the IIHF they’d withdraw if Belarus was retained.
Lithuania’s government stated the choice “should have been done earlier” to maneuver the match.
“Logistically, organizing the tournament in the neighbouring countries would also be much more convenient under the conditions of the pandemic,” Šimonytė stated.
Lithuania, which has not certified for the boys’s championship, supplied the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas for the match, which is scheduled to run from May 21 to June 6.