Development of ice hockey in exotic places
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08-19-2013, 12:04 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Are you sure about Qatar? I think they and Jamaica never had any nt games after joining IIHF - and off course also not before.
Maybe you mix it up with Kuwait?
I was thinking of the Gulf Cup, a regional tournament not affiliated with the IIHF. Apparently Qatar hasn't played in it, but they very well could have been involved in another like-minded tournament.
As most of these countries lack the infrastructure to qualify for the IIHF World Championships (you need a proper rink, a national league, and minimum amounts of registered players) they play these non-IIHF tournaments while at the same time working on growing the sport. Its certainly helped them though, as they are aided by the IIHF in these endeavours, and could join in the near future.
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