ZURICH – The Ice Hockey Association of DPR Korea has informed the IIHF that it has decided to withdraw the DPR Korea entries from their respective IIHF World Championship tournaments in 2011, both on the Division II level. The member national association has informed the IIHF that both withdrawals are due to financial reasons.
The DPR Korea (“North Korea”) men’s team was scheduled to take part in the 2011 IIHF World Championship Division II Group A (April 4-14) in Melbourne, Australia while the women’s team were to travel to Caen, France to take part in the 2011 IIHF World Women Championship Division II, also scheduled from April 4-14.
The IIHF, together with the host organizing committees, will revise both schedules in order to accommodate the remaining team’s playing schedule. However, the games originally scheduled to be played by the DPR Korea teams will technically remain in the respective game schedule and all games including DPR Korea will end with a forfeit (5-0) for the opposing team. The revised schedules will shortly appear on IIHF.com.
for the IIHF World Championship Division II Group A (schedule to be revised)
for the IIHF World Women's Championship Division II (schedule to be revised)