Comment on Nottingham to host first Olympic qualifiers by Bob Gibson
The road to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will begin in Nottingham after the announcement of the qualifications and their sites.
Great Britain will play its first qualifying matches at the Motorpoint Arena from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 February. She will face Hungary, Estonia and another team from the previous qualifying round.
The winners will qualify for the last qualifying group and eventually for the Olympic Winter Games to be held in China in three years.
This year marks the culmination of a week dedicated to ice hockey in the UK after GB got his status of top flight champion at the World Championships for a second year.
And, as Andy French, Secretary General of Ice Hockey, said, this is an additional puzzle for events in this country.
"As seeded in the group of four teams, we had a first refusal and we are delighted that the United Kingdom is organizing Olympic qualifications," he said.
"We have an excellent track record with the IIHF in organizing major tournaments. We regularly organize tournaments for women and juniors. We of course organized the male event of Group I Division B in Belfast a few years ago. "
Richard Grieveson, President of Ice Hockey in the UK, added: "It's something very special for us and an offer we had the pleasure of accepting". invitation.
"After the success of our men's team in Slovakia in the last two weeks, we think it is important to continue this momentum.
"We think Nottingham is a great venue for this tournament and we look forward to welcoming thousands of ice hockey fans to the UK in February."