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Horst Köhler, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, is to be the Honorary Chairman of the 2010 IIHF World Championship. A corresponding message from the President's office reached Uwe Harnos, President of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) and Franz Reindl, the General Secretary of the World Championship.
The news was much appreciated by Uwe Harnos in a responding letter of the DEB: "It is a great honour and pleasure for the German Ice Hockey Federation, that Mr. Federal President Köhler is to become the Honorary Chairman of the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany".
Franz Reindl is also pleased: "Our Federal President becoming the Honorary Chairman also sends out a remarkable message on international level. If we want to continue bringing sporting highlights to Germany, it is very important to be able to count on support from our country's highest representative for an event like the IIHF World Championship in Germany".