The change of venues is due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The IIHF has been in touch with the Chinese Ice Hockey Association and the other participating IIHF Member National Associations about the situation. With the recent notification of the Sport Ministry of China on the postponement of all international sporting events planned to be held in China in February and March 2020, it was decided that the tournament shall be hosted in another country.
The other participating IIHF members from Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Netherlands and Spain are now given the opportunity to apply for hosting the tournament in spring with some interest already expressed. A decision about the new venue and dates will be made in due time to give all involved parties enough time to adapt to the change.