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  • 2017 Ice Hockey World Champs Bidders; 2012 Ticket Handover


    Finland won the 2011 ice hockey world championships. (Getty Images)
    Ice Hockey Bids

    Four countries submitted bids to host the 2017 International Ice Hockey World Championships. Denmark (Copenhagen, Herring), France, Germany, and Latvia (Riga) are the bid countries. The French and German bids did not name potential host cities.

    Denmark's bid comes after losing to Moscow and St. Petersburg for the 2016 Championships. Denmark has never hosted the tournament, but the country's 8th place finish in the 2010 tournament was their best performance.

    Germany hosted the event in 2010 in Cologne and Manheim, which was seen as a massive success for German Ice Hockey. The event set a world record, at the time, for most spectators at a hockey match, when 77,803 people watched Germany beat the United States 2-1 at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.

    France last hosted a world champs in 1951. France has been in the top pool for the world championships since 2008, and finished 12th in Slovakia in 2011.

    Latvia hosted the event in 2006, when they were held in Riga. They have remained in the top pool since 1997.

    The IIHF delayed voting for this world championship until the 2013 annual congress in Stockholm to evaluate the success of next two world championships, both co-hosted by Finland and Sweden.

    President Receives First YOG Ticket

    Yoggl, the official mascot of the 2012 YOG was part of the ticket handover ceremony. (Innsbruck 2012)
    Austrian President Heinz Fischer has the first ticket to Winter Youth Olympics, in Innsbruck.

    Less than a week before the public can buy tickets, Karl Stoss, president of the Austrian Olympic Committee, Innsbruck 2012 CEO Peter Bayer and Olympian Felix Gottwald presented the head of state with the ticket. The ticket was for the ice hockey skills challenge, which will debut at the Innsbruck YOG.

    "It is a great honor, but also a great responsibility, to organise the first Winter Youth Olympic Games,” said Fischer.

    “This historic moment is a fantastic opportunity for Austria to present itself to the world as a professional host and a leading nation for winter sports and tourism."

    Tickets go on sale Oct. 6, 99 days before the YOG begins.

    IOA Set Emergency Meeting

    One of hockey’s top countries is scrambling to avoid being barred from the 2012 tournament.

    The Indian Olympic Association said on Friday it will stage a meeting on Oct. 4 with Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation.
    At the center of the issue is a warning from the International Hockey Federation, FIH, over the administration of hockey in India. FIH only recognizes Hockey India as the sport’s official federation in India, even though the IOA worked out a deal with IFH and Hockey India to run the sport together.

    Saying they could miss the 2012 Olympics, FIH asked the Indian sports ministry to "advise HI and IHF not to proceed with the implementation of their broad arrangement," and repay debts owed to FIH for a 2010 World Cup tournament.

    "If the above is achieved" wrote FIH president Leandro Negre "there will be no more concerns about the participation of Indian hockey team in FIH-sanctioned competitions such as London 2012 Olympic Games."

    IOA president Vijay Khumar Malhotra said in a statement "I am quite hopeful that in the interest of the country and the game, the matter will be resolved."

    Rogge Rules Out F1

    Sebastian Vettel’s F1 car. (Getty Images)
    F1 racing seems to have no shot at Olympic glory.

    IOC president Jacques Rogge recently told German news agency the autosport likely will never join the Olympic program. 

    "The most important thing must be the man, not the machine," he said.

    "I see no real chance that [world champion] Sebastian Vettel will be in the race for a gold medal."

    ONOC Warns Solomon Islands NOC

    The secretary general of the Oceania National Olympic Committees has warned the Solomon Islands NOC that alleged fraudulent activities may be referred to the IOC

    Wendy Hale served as the Solomon Islands’ flagbearer at the Beijing Olympics. (Getty Images)
    According to a transcript on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Pacific Beat” website, Ricardo Blas said there are “some outstanding concerns regarding the management and operation” of NOC money.

    Blas said ONOC was concerned about “unaccounting” for destruction of the NOC multipurpose hall and “fraudulent receipts” relating to grants for an archery course when “in fact they never had a course.”

    ONOC raised their concern at meetings with the SINOC Blas said.

    He added: “if they continue down this path and not make any attempts to resolve these matters, that the executive will take another step and bring the IOC into the picture, which would not be good for them at all.”

    Written by Ann Cantrell.

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