The International Ice Hockey Federation should decide in May where to hold the popular championship now.

The 2023 Ice Hockey World Championship will not be held in St. Petersburg as planned. The annual international tournament was to be held in the “northern capital” of Russia from 5 to 21 May.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) made this decision, as stated, “primarily for the safety and well-being of all participating players, officials, media and fans.” “The Council expressed serious concern about [ensuring] the safe freedom of movement of players and officials to, from, and within Russia,” the IIHF statement continued.

The IIHF has announced that it will name an alternative host party during this year’s World Cup, which will be held in Finland.

On February 28, the IIHF has already suspended the Russian and Belarusian teams from participating in the 2022 championship, which will be held from May 13 to 29, and where now the teams of Austria and France will perform instead of the national teams of Russia and Belarus.

In addition, Russia was also deprived of the right to host the 2023 World Junior Championships.

The last time St. Petersburg and Moscow jointly hosted the 2016 World Cup, at which Russia took third place.