Big event for Kazakhstan
by Martin Merk|18 MAY 2018
The Barys Arena during its opening in August 2015.
photo: Barys Astana
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The 2018 IIHF Annual Congress unanimously assigned the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A to Astana, Kazakhstan.
 
It will be the strongest international ice hockey tournament to be held in Kazakhstan for many years. Astana is known as the youngest modern capital city in the world and became Kazakhstan’s capital in 1997. Slovenia withdrew its bid for Ljubljana.
 
The dates will be 29 April to 5 May 2019 and the teams playing for promotion will be Belarus, Korea, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Slovenia and Lithuania. The top-two teams of the event will be promoted to the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland.
 
The Barys Arena was built in 2015 and with 12,000 seats became the first arena of that size in the country. It has 14 dressing rooms and an additional practice rink. The palace for Kazakhstan is home to KHL team Barys Astana.
 
Visitors from 60 countries including all participating countries do not need a visa for Kazakhstan for a stay of up to 30 days. For details on visa-free entry check with the embassy of Kazakhstan responsible for your country.