2023 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Asia and Oceania Championship in MongoliaSports
Ulaanbaatar, March 6, 2023 /MONTSAME/. According to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Asia and Oceania Championship and the IIHF World Championship Division IV will be held in the Steppe Arena of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on March 11-26 (confirmed date). “Mongolia has submitted its candidature many times to host the high-level ice hockey championships in our country. The IIHF requires countries to meet certain conditions for hosting hockey world championships. For this time, we have passed these thresholds after constructing Steppe Arena in Ulaanbaatar,” B. Javkhlan, the President of the Mongolian Ice Hockey Federation, a Member of Parliament, and Minister of Finance, highlighted during the press conference in the Steppe Arena. More than MNT 1.7 billion has been budgeted for organizing the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Asia and Oceania Championship and the IIHF World Championship Division IV. The cost will be shared equally by the host country and the IIHF. Considering the compositions of the teams that will face off in the championships, the Philippines and Indonesia teams include professional athletes from other countries, which is expected to increase the chance of fierce battles that captivate interests of fans.
For Mongolia, over 50 players of the Mongolian National Ice Hockey Team and Mongolian National Ice Hockey Junior Team are in training at the Steppe Arena, A. Mergen, Head Coach, said.
Over 450 players from six teams (including Mongolia) of the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Asia and Oceania Championship and ten teams (including Mongolia) of the IIHF World Championship Division IV will arrive in Mongolia. Moreover, fans and officials will also gather together. The 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Asia and Oceania Championship – March 11-17 Participants: Iran, Mongolia, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan The IIHF World Championship Division IV - March 23-26 Participants: Indonesia, Kuwait, Mongolia, Philippines