St Petersburg to bid for 2024 IIHF World Championship
St Petersburg in Russia will bid to host ice hockey’s IIHF World Championship in 2024, Vladislav Tretyak, the president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, has said.
In a video posted on the federation’s YouTube page, Tretyak said: "We want St. Petersburg to host the 2024 world championships."
The city has hosted the championship twice before, in 2000 and 2016.
In 2016, it shared hosting duties with the Russian capital Moscow.
The next edition of the IIHF World Championship will take place in Copenhagen and Herning in Denmark from 4 to 20 May.
Slovakia will host the 2019 edition, followed by Switzerland in 2020 and Belarus and Latvia in 2021.
Finland is to stage the tournament in 2022.
A Russian bid for the IIHF World Championship could face resistance from some federations and the International Olympic Committee after the latter’s decision not to “organise or give patronage to any sports event or meet in Russia” following the publication of 2016's McLaren report, which found evidence of a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.
Next month, a select number of Russian athletes will compete in the ice hockey competition at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics as neutrals after the International Olympic Committee ruled that some ‘clean’ Russian athletes would be able take part in the games, but only under the name ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’.
The athletes will wear uniforms bearing this name, and compete under the Olympic flag, with the Olympic anthem to be played at any ceremony.
Russians that play in North America’s NHL will not be eligible to take part in the games as the league has opted not to release its players for PyeongChang.