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Cabinet of Ministers supports initiative to hold 2017 Hockey Championship in Riga

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In its letter to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the Latvian government repeatedly expressed support of the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation (LIHF) initiative to organize the World Hockey Championship of 2017 in Riga.

The government gave its support for the organization of the championship in 2011, but the Education and Science Ministry received a letter from the LIHF, saying that the organizational nature of the 2017 championship had changed since the signing of the application letter by the Prime Minister.

The LIHF had intended to candidate for the organization of the aforementioned championship individually. However, after some time, as well as giving some thought into different aspects, it was decided to candidate for organization of this event along with Danish Ice Hockey Federation. The LIHF explains in its letter that this increases the chances of receiving the rights to organize the 2017 championship and lowers the required amount of investment money for Latvia. The federation also notes that Latvian and Danish ice hockey federations will receive the right to hold the tournament together; Latvia will not be required to pay security fees or perform other guarantee payments.

In the letter project prepared by the LIHF, PM Valdis Dombrovskis notes that he is honoured to support the idea of LIHF on behalf of the Latvian government.

The PM explains that Latvia and its residents have proved in the past that they are capable of organizing high level international events, such as the ERAB annual meeting and the NATO summit. Latvia is also in the process of preparing for the European Union Council Presidency in 2015. “I would like to express my certainty that all responsible institutions of the Republic of Latvia will do everything to successfully organize the 2017 World Ice Hockey Championship in Riga,” – says Dombrovskis in the letter.

It is also stated in the letter that the organization of the 2006 offered valuable experience to all involved parties. Dombrovskis looks forward to working with Denmark in the organization of the championship. The decision on the location of the 2017 championship will be made by the IIHF during the 2013 championship, on the IIHF congress in May 2013. In the event of a decision in Latvia’s favour, the Education and Science Minister will be required to submit proposals on further actions in relation to the organization of the championship to the Cabinet of Ministers within three months after the announcement of the decision by the IIHF.

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