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MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. Sweden is most likely to be selected for hosting the U20 Ice Hockey World Championship in 2022 winning against the bid from Russia, Vladislav Tretiak, the president of the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF), told TASS on Thursday.
"Russia has submitted its bid to host the youth world championship in 2022," Tretiak said in an interview with TASS. "However, that year marks the 100th anniversary of the Swedish ice hockey so it is most likely that they [Sweden] will be granted the right to host the tournament."
"In this case we will be bidding for the championship in 2023," the world’s legendary goalkeeper added.
The IIHF Youth Ice Hockey World Championships, for players of age under 20, have been held annually since 1977.
Canada and Russia (including the Soviet era team) each won a total of 16 championships. They are followed in the second place by Finland with four golds and the United States with three golds.
Sweden hosted IIHF Youth World Championships six times - in 1979, 1984, 1993, 2000, 2007 and 2014).