The president of the International Hockey Federation (IIHF) Rene Fasel has revealed that this year IIHF Congress won’t be happening and the new president will be elected in September of 2021 in Saint Petersburgh.
“We have made the decision that this year’s presidential election will be moved to September of 2021,” Fasel told the Russian news outlet Ria Novosti. Fasel was expected to leave his position in 2020. However, now he has pointed out that he will remain in his seat for another 15 months.
“It was decided that Congress will be held next year in Saint Petersburgh,” he added. “That’s also where we will hold the election. We moved the Congress because we aren’t sure if all of the participants will be allowed to travel freely and attend the event.”
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Rene Fasel has previously stated that he won’t be amongst candidates for the executive position with the IIHF.
Fasel was elected in 1994 and has been leading the International Hockey Federation since.
The 70-year-old executive also noted that it’s very likely that the 2021 World Hockey Championships could be pushed back by a few weeks. In that case, the tournament would start on May 21st instead of May 7th.
“What will the next season be like? It’s a very hard question. Right now we don’t even know if we will be able to play games in December when the u-18 tournament is supposed to start.”
The 2021 IIHF World Championships were intended to be held from May 7th until May 23rd in Riga, Latvia, and Minsk, Belarus.
The 2020 tournament was canceled due to COVID-19.