Olympic Qualification in Bratislava
by Martin Merk|06 MAR 2020
The Ondrej Nepela Arena during the gold medal game of the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation as host of the men’s Final Olympic Qualification Group D has chosen Bratislava as host of the tournament. The other applicant in the final race was Kosice.

Host Slovakia will play Belarus as well as neighbours Austria and Poland at the Ondrej Nepela Arena, which was the main venue of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship last year.

The Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Tournament in Beijing 2022 will be played with 12 teams including the top-8 countries of the 2019 IIHF Men’s World Ranking – Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, USA, Germany, Switzerland – host China and three qualifiers that will be determined in the three Final Olympic Qualification tournaments from 27 to 30 August 2020.

The game schedule has already been approved by the stakeholders:
27 August: Belarus vs. Poland (16:15), Austria vs. Slovakia (20:15)
28 August: Belarus vs. Austria (16:15), Slovakia vs. Poland (20:15)
30 August: Poland vs. Austria (16:15), Slovakia vs. Belarus (20:15)

The other groups will be played at Arena Riga in Latvia and at a venue to be determined soon in Norway. Each group winner will qualify for Beijing 2022. The Olympic Qualification for women’s ice hockey will be played next season.