IIHF Women's World Championship cancelled on eve of team arrivals
Ice hockey's 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship in Canada has been called off again due to challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The event was due to take place in Halifax and Nova Scotia from 6 to 16 May having already been delayed from April.
On Wednesday, the International Ice Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada were informed by the Nova Scotia provincial government that the 10-country tournament cannot proceed on the agreed dates.
Earlier this week, Nova Scotia imposed new travel restrictions banning people from outside the province from entering unless a resident.
The cancellation came just a day before teams were due to arrive in Canada to begin quarantine ahead of the World Championship.
However, there are hopes that the event can be held in the same country at a later date this year, albeit not necessarily in Nova Scotia.
Rene Fasel, president of the IIHF, said: “This is very disappointing news to receive with just a few weeks until the tournament was to begin. We strongly believe that we had the adequate safety measures in place. In the end, we must accept the government decision.”
Tom Renney, president of Hockey Canada, added: “Some of this is much, much further beyond our control than we would like. What we can do is control what we have in front of us and we have every intention of making sure we follow through with a world championship here in Canada at a point in the near future.”
The 2021 Men's World Championship is set to take place in Riga in Latvia on 21 May to 6 June.