Due to the epidemiological situation in Canada, the Elite Women’s Hockey World Championship, which also includes the Hungarian national team, has been postponed until May, according to MTI.
|Training of the Hungarian national team (photo: Cjaba Dumotor – Archive, 2020)|
Based on a decision described on the IIHF website on Thursday, it was originally scheduled for April 7-17. The tournament has been postponed to May 6-16. It was also suggested that a limited number of spectators could watch the matches immediately.
Martin Fas, The Director General of the Hungarian Association (MJSZ) revealed that he was looking for the current channel M1: he is happy that the IIHF has announced the decision, which has been under discussion with participating countries for a few weeks or months.
“We are so happy to keep him, we were positive about him” – MJSZ is a supporting partner, besides the additional costs incurred, in the participation of the Hungarian national team in a global event, thus experiencing the events as a shared success.
“With the fact that the IIHF has published and formalized the new date, unless a very big problem has arisen so far, I believe this event will take place” – He said, noting that the team members are also happy that after the postponements so far, the organization decision has been taken this time.
Fes also mentioned that they need to restructure their preparations somewhat, but all players are ready after a tough season. Cohesion and two training matches are planned in March, followed by two more in April. After that, they will travel according to the protocol established by IIHF and the Canadian Confederation, and they will await the World Cup with all regulations and restrictions. Consequently, they will be quarantined for six and then eight days prior to the flight, and players will be housed in individual rooms, which will be prepared in advance for the mentally demanding isolation.
René Vasil, the president of FIFA, had already spoken on Monday about the possibility of postponing and that this would give more time to properly organize the match.
Halifax and Truro in Nova Scotia will host the Women’s Elite World Cup with ten teams, with the Hungarians playing in the final stadium with Japan, the Czechs, Germans and Danes.
The 2020 World Cup has been canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic and Canada will host it this year in the same location. Due to the pandemic, Canada tightened entry restrictions in February.