IIHF Cancels World Junior Championship Over Coronavirus Infections in Several Teams
© AP Photo / Jeff RobersonUnited States goalie Alex Cavallini, right, stops a shot from Canada's Brianne Jenner (19) during the second period of a women's exhibition hockey game ahead of the Beijing Olympics Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Maryland Heights, Mo.
© AP Photo / Jeff Roberson
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has canceled the World Junior Championship over coronavirus cases detected in several teams.
"Following a recommendation by the tournament COVID-19 Medical Group and the IIHF Medical Committee, the IIHF Council has decided that, due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be cancelled to ensure the health and safety of all participants," the IIHF said in a statement on late Wednesday.
"The decision comes following a positive case on a player on the Russian national team, which would have necessitated a forfeit of the Russia-Slovakia game scheduled for 29 December. The game is the third to be cancelled due to positive cases, following Switzerland-USA and Finland-Czechia," the statement added.