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U20 WJC roster discussion
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12-02-2012, 07:58 AM
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Hosting has something to do with costs of accomodations (hotels) and prices are lower in eastern Europe. Just look how many times Estonia or Lithuania hosted various U18 and U20 tournaments in last 10 years
The IIHF don't pay that, it's the hosting country that does, the IIHF doesn't really care where hosting is as long as their facilities for the hockey and the teams is in keeping with the regulations.
Case in point is that GB had the chance to host the men's Olympic qualifier, when GB passed on it, they gave it to Japan, now these aren't two cheap places to put on a hockey tournament. The point is that GB passed on it because they quite simply couldn't be bothered and Japan were.
GB has more then enough facilities to host these tournaments and I'm sure the IIHF are like FIFA interested in spreading these things around but until IHUK shows some guts and goes for it, then we wont see a men's tournament here for quite some time.
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