"This is a harsh reality to face for the
international ice hockey family, but one that we must accept,"
IIHF President Rene Fasel said in a statement.
"The coronavirus is a global problem and requires major efforts
by government bodies to combat its spread. The IIHF must do all
it can to support this fight. We have to set sport aside for now
and support both the government bodies and the ice hockey
The event had been scheduled for May 8-24 in Zurich and
Finland won last year, defeating Canada 3-1 in the final held in
The matter of postponing the championship is a matter to be
discussed as host countries have been fixed until 2025, the IIHF
Along with the championships, the federation said its annual
congress, which was scheduled for Zurich from May 21-23, had
also been postponed.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; editing by
Christian Radnedge and Jason Neely)
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