Site visit in Siberia
by RIHF Staff|07 DEC 2021
Site visit at the arena in Novosibirsk that will serve as main venue for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) highly appreciated the preparation of Novosibirsk and Omsk for hosting the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship during a site visit held last week in the two Siberian cities.

First, the guests visited Novosibirsk where the delegation assessed the pace of the arena construction and heard a report on the preparations for the championship. In addition to the arena, the IIHF delegation familiarized themselves with the infrastructure of the city – in particular the hotels that will host the participants, guests and employees during the World Juniors.

"All our expectations are being met so far," Hannes Ederer, Event Director of the International Ice Hockey Federation said. "We are very lucky here with the weather, it is wonderful and truly wintery now, and we are representatives of a winter sport. We saw the arena under construction, which will be extremely beautiful. It has an excellent project that allows to create marvellous conditions for both participants and viewers. We are well aware that in the modern world such facilities should be multifunctional, but I have no doubt that in this region the arena will primarily be used as an ice hockey arena."
The visit in Novosibirsk concluded with a working meeting with the Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk Region, Sergei Nelyubov. The Deputy Governor emphasized that hockey is one of the favourite sports in the region, and special attention is paid to the preparation for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, and this work is carried out in constant cooperation with the IIHF and the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia. During the meeting, it was noted that test events should be held at the ice arena, the importance of which was remarked by the Executive Director of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, Dmitri Kurbatov.

The visit in Omsk began with an inspection of the infrastructure facilities of next winter’s World Juniors. The delegation managed to visit hotels that plan to host teams, guests and representatives during the championship. One of the main objects for the guests to observe was the construction site of the multifunctional sports complex. Representatives of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and IIHF inspected the ice palace and assessed the pace of its construction.
"I find the arena impressive both from the outside and from the inside," Christian Hofstetter, Sport Director of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said. "The result that we have seen is amazing. I am sure that you will have time to finish the construction in time."

The site visit of the ice hockey federations’ representatives at the infrastructure facilities of the Omsk region ended with a working meeting with the head of the region, Alexander Burkov.

During the meeting, the parties discussed important aspects of the Omsk Region's preparation for hosting the IIHF World Junior Championship: accommodation of event participants and fans, logistics, broadcasting. The IIHF representatives noted that they were impressed by the arena under construction and are happy that the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be hosted in such modern and advanced facilities. The guests also noted the high-quality training of the volunteers. "We met with volunteers today. We saw the fire in their eyes. It is immediately evident that people are very enthusiastic about the case! " Ederer said and expressed confidence that thanks to the joint work of the regions, the base is there to achieve one of the best World Junior Championships.