Tournament in Iceland cancelled
by Martin Merk|09 AUG 2021
Icelandic players after finishing with the silver medals at the 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B on home ice in Akureyri.
photo: Elvar Freyr Palsson
The Women’s Olympic Pre-Qualification Round 1 Group J in Reykjavik, Iceland has been cancelled and will not be played due to reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The tournament was planned for 26-29 August 2021. However, Bulgaria has withdrawn its team and also other teams addressed concerns with the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Iceland and the quarantine rules for the participants that would not make it possible for them to take part in the event.

Originally Iceland, Hong Kong (China), Bulgaria and Lithuania were seeded in the first round.

The Olympic Qualification for the 2022 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament in Beijing, China will now start with the three tournaments of Round 2 scheduled from 7 to 10 October 2021 in Gangneung (Korea), Torre Pellice (Italy) and Bytom (Poland). Iceland as the top-seeded team from the first round will be seeded as qualifier in Group F in Korea.

The tournament winners of this round will advance to the Final Olympic Qualification for the three open berths at the Olympics from 11 to 14 November 2021 in Chomutov (Czech Republic), Fussen (Germany) and Lulea (Sweden).

The top-6 teams of the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Ranking – USA, Canada, Finland, ROC, Switzerland, Japan – and host China are already qualified for the ten-team 2022 Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Tournament.

Click here for the overview on ice hockey at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.