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SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Headquarters for the preparations for 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be jointly hosted by Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, have been formed in the Russian capital, a senior sports official with the Moscow administration said on Tuesday.
Alexei Vorobyov, the head of the Moscow administration’s Department for Physical Culture and Sport, said the headquarters would be personally headed by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
“We [the headquarters] work in a close collaboration with the Sport Ministry and its head Vitaly Mutko, as well as with the Russian Federation of Ice Hockey and federation’s head Vladislav Tretyak,” Vorobyov said.
The official said there were “no doubts that the world championship will be held at the highest possible level,” adding that 16 international teams were expected to come for the competition in 2016.
“The most particular attention will be paid to provision of security measures,” Vorobyov said. “The system of measures will be divided into three levels, which are the federal, municipal and local levels.”
Russia previously held the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2007 in Moscow, where the Russian team finished with the bronze medal and the gold went to Canada. This year’s championship will be hosted by Belarus between May 9 and 25 and the next year the competition will be held in the Czech Republic.