All hope is just not misplaced for a 2021 ladies’s world hockey championship.
The occasion, which was initially slated to happen in Nova Scotia earlier than its last-minute cancellation this week as a consequence of COVID-19, might quickly have a brand new dwelling and a brand new begin date.
“This week, the IIHF will start the process for locating a brand new dwelling for this occasion, which is predicted to be held on the finish of the summer time,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday through the Headlines phase of Hockey Evening in Canada. “The opposite factor it could possibly be used for is to steer into the groups’ Olympic participation scheduled for subsequent winter in Beijing.”
Cancelling this 12 months’s match in Nova Scotia marked the second straight time it was derailed by the pandemic. The province’s chief medical officer had expressed help for the occasion, however issues over rising case numbers and variant strands of the virus compelled Iain Rankin, the province’s premier, to withdraw permission for the 11-day occasion to happen.
Information of the cancellation got here as Workforce Canada was on the verge of asserting its roster and eight different groups had been making ready to depart on worldwide flights, prompting outrage from each gamers and supporters of the sport.
“The cancellation of the ladies’s world championship on the final minute this week was simply one other reminder that girls’s hockey continues to be handled as an afterthought,” Hilary Knight, a star for Workforce USA wrote Friday in a social media publish. “The well being and security of the individuals of Nova Scotia is, and have to be, the highest precedence. Nonetheless, to cancel this vital occasion so near its begin with some groups en path to the positioning to start an 8-day quarantine course of — and supply no different possibility — is extremely disappointing.”
The IIHF defended not having a Plan B, saying it didn’t seem there was a necessity for one given the province’s preliminary approval, whereas additionally claiming logistical and monetary obstacles had been too important.
The lads’s world championship is scheduled to open in lower than a month in Riga, Latvia. January’s ladies’s under-18 hockey championship in Sweden was cancelled, however the males’s under-18 match was moved from Michigan to Texas and is scheduled to be performed subsequent week.
Although it’s not clear the place the brand new location for the match will likely be, the IIHF has mentioned it’s going to work with Hockey Canada for it to host the ladies’s championship this 12 months.