The Ostrava 2019 Para Ice Hockey World Championship Has Commenced!

On Saturday 27 April, the Ostrava 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championship got underway.  Eight of the world’s elite para hockey teams will test their strength on Ostrava’s ice. The venue – the Ostravar Aréna – has undergone a significant transformation in recent days. The arena staff have adapted the boards, the players’ benches, as well as the penalty boxes for the championship. “I must say that we have carefully inspected all of the arena’s facilities, changing rooms, as well as the ice surface and can see that the organisational team has done amazing work. Everything is ready for the championship. Our technical delegates, referees, and IPC supervisors are already there, too,” said IPC manager Barbora Kohoutová.

“We have gone through several months of intensive preparations. We have managed to put together an amazing team of organisers that works and which is excited to be able to organise this tournament. Now, the most important thing is ahead of us – a perfect tournament. That was our main mission and goal. To make para ice hockey as visible as possible, as an attractive sport for the handicapped. It is a dynamic sport and we admire the commitment of each individual player,” said Chairman of the World Para Ice Hockey Championship organising committee Jiří Šindler.

The Ostrava 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championship enjoys strong financial support from the Moravian-Silesian Region and from the City of Ostrava. “I am happy that it has again been confirmed that the Moravian-Silesian Region supports sports for handicapped people. It is documented not only by our support for the Studénka para ice hockey team this year, the purchase of a handbike for a paraplegic, but also our partnership with a championship as prestigious as the World Para Ice Hockey Championship. This also goes to show the great potential of our region and that such events definitely belong here,” said the Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region Ivo Vondrák.

The City of Ostrava also provided significant support to the championship. “The most important sports event that the City of Ostrava supports this year is the World Para Ice Hockey Championship. It is important that the championship provides inspiration to people with handicaps, showing them how to spend their leisure time. I personally very much appreciate that several dozen primary and secondary schools have participated in the Paralympic School Days project. The project gave healthy children a sense of the life of handicapped people, integrating them in the world championship. Children will form fan teams by participating country and will root for them during the Ostrava championship, creating a wonderful atmosphere at the Ostravar Aréna,” said Ostrava’s Mayor Tomáš Macura.

At a press conference held on Friday 26 April 2019, the organisers also presented the medals and cup for the winner of the championship. The producer made three sets of unique medals. They depict the symbols of para hockey and of the IPC organisation on a background of ice. The medals come in an unusual shape, their dimensions are 10x10.5 cm, and their weight is 250 g.

The Ostrava 2019 World Para Ice Hockey Championship commenced on 27 April at 9:00 a.m. The gold-medal game will take place on Saturday 4 May at 4:30 p.m.

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