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    Wow, didn't expect Kuwait or Turkmenistan. Kuwait have been poor in recent years and it is hard to see why they want to play in the IHWC. Perhaps it's just a warm up for the CCoA. Turkmenistan seem to be ambitious and did well at the AWG. I'd expected them to play in the CCoA and sort out any IIHF eligibility issues before entering the IHWC.

    Pity about Bosnia, perhaps they could get some sort of event organised with Macedonia, Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Money and an ice pad would be big problems though !

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    Wow, didn't expect Kuwait or Turkmenistan. Kuwait have been poor in recent years and it is hard to see why they want to play in the IHWC. Perhaps it's just a warm up for the CCoA. Turkmenistan seem to be ambitious and did well at the AWG. I'd expected them to play in the CCoA and sort out any IIHF eligibility issues before entering the IHWC.

    Pity about Bosnia, perhaps they could get some sort of event organised with Macedonia, Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Money and an ice pad would be big problems though !

    Cheers
    Turkmenistan has the support of their dictatorial president, who said a few years ago he wants them to develop hockey. With it being of the calibre of North Korea, just with money from natural gas, it's possible for them to finance something like that. Which is also why Kyrgyzstan hasn't yet; they are a very poor country and don't have the money to spend on another tournament, unfortunately.

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    Namibia they withdrew! Further there are no new member or full members at this Congress.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    Wow, didn't expect Kuwait or Turkmenistan. Kuwait have been poor in recent years and it is hard to see why they want to play in the IHWC. Perhaps it's just a warm up for the CCoA. Turkmenistan seem to be ambitious and did well at the AWG. I'd expected them to play in the CCoA and sort out any IIHF eligibility issues before entering the IHWC.

    Pity about Bosnia, perhaps they could get some sort of event organised with Macedonia, Greece, Portugal and Ireland. Money and an ice pad would be big problems though !

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowan View Post
    Namibia they withdrew! Further there are no new member or full members at this Congress.


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    Think Namibia chose to play just inline and stay with the FIRS organisation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffH View Post
    With details now published for the forthcoming Challenge Cup of Asia we know which teams are entered for IIHF events this year.

    There are 48 teams in the IHWC and 13 in the CCoA. Just the UAE are entered in both so there are a record 60, out of 77, IIHF members entered.

    Looking at the remaining 17, I would classify them as follows ;

    Affiliate members , just playing inline - 2 countries

    Chile and Namibia. Both could develop an ice hockey team and perhaps Chile will soon play in Mexico's Panamerican event.

    Formerly played in IIHF events - 3 countries

    Armenia, Greece and Ireland have all found it difficult to maintain a national team since being excluded from The IHWC.

    Planning / hoping to create a national team - 5 countries

    FYR Macedonia, Morocco, Jamaica, Nepal and Portugal.

    Playing in a non IIHF event - 3 countries

    Indonesia, Argentina and Brazil.

    Little or no sign of forming a national team - 4 countries

    Andorra, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Liechtenstein.

    Additionally 3 countries who are not members of the IIHF are playing in international competitions.

    Iran, Colombia and Bahrain.

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    Good to see a lot of progress with national teams playing in international events.

    A record 50 teams in the IHWC in 2017-18.

    11 teams in the Senior CCoA. Just Kuwait playing in both IHWC and the CCoA, so 60 teams are scheduled to play in IIHF events.

    Four IIHF members played in the recent Development Cup in Andorra.

    Three other IIHF members played in this year’s Pan American event in Mexico and will hopefully play again in 2018.

    That makes 67 active national teams. With 76 IIHF members, Namibia having left, there are just 9 inactive.

    The 9 are ;

    Kyrgyzstan is playing just U20 at the CCoA but will hopefully return at the senior level in 2019.

    Armenia, FYR Macedonia, Greece and Liechtenstein have all had teams in the past and may be able to join the Development Cup.

    Azerbaijan spends money on sport but disappointingly seems to have made no progress with Ice Hockey.

    Jamaica has a team based in the US and Canada but no local ice surface to play on.

    Nepal has plans to form a team but has only just started planning.

    There is Ice Hockey in Moldova but this takes place in the Russian occupied zone.

    Geoff

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    Thanks for the update, Geoff.

    It is really nice to see that the number of team with IIHF involvement is growing. :)
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    See you in 2019...perhaps...

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    Seems that Uzbekistan has plenty of money to invest

    https://nationalteamsoficehockey.com...-rink-complex/

    Hopefully IIHF membership and entry to the CCoA will follow. They could be hosts with that facility.

    Geoff

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