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MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. The 2016 IIHF World Championship hosted by Moscow and St. Petersburg from May 6 through May 22 has set the highest organizations standard, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Sunday.
Reigning world champions Canada retained their global title on Sunday as they defeated this year’s unstoppable team Finland 2-0 in Moscow in the final match of the championship. Russia’s national ice hockey team defeated team USA 7-2 and won the bronze.
"I think it was the best world championship. It was held at the highest level," Mutko said. "No disputable issues have eve emerged in the course of the tournament. I think the Russia-hosted championship has set a high standard of organization."
He said the atmosphere at the tournament was really remarkable. "I will remember this championship thanks to its atmosphere, its great facts and, of course, ice hockey. I think we have managed to organize a real festival of ice hockey. The organization of such events is not an easy task but all have done their best."
This was the 7th IIHF World Championship held in Russia as it was hosted by Moscow five times, namely in 1957, 1973, 1979, 1986 and 2007, and once by St. Petersburg in 2000.
Next edition of the IIHF World Championship will be held in 2017 and hosted jointly by Germany’s Cologne and the French capital of Paris between May 5 and 21.