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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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    IIHF News congress

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


    Greetings,
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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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    Pakistan could be the next member of the IIHF , article below by Steven Ellis

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...3809662&type=3

    Currently the team are run by Canadians of Pakistani descent but hopefully they can get a domestic program going.

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    With entries for events in 2018/19 now announced it is apparent that there have been gains and losses since last season.

    There are a record 52 teams entered for the IHWC, 7 in the CCoA, 4 in the Development Cup and 5 in the LATAM Cup.

    This means 65 IIHF member associations are represented in these events, as Mexico are in 2 events and Colombia and Venezuela are not members.

    Kyrgyzstan are playing in the IHWC for the first time and FYR of Macedonia will make their competitive debut in the Development Cup.

    Of the remaining 11 IIHF members ;

    Morocco, India, Qatar and Chile all competed last year but have not been able to enter this season.

    Greece and Armenia have competed in the past but for various reasons cannot compete currently.

    Liechtenstein has played challenge games in Luxembourg in the past but doesn’t seem interested in the Development Cup.

    Jamaica has a diaspora team in North America but no domestic game.

    Nepal is trying to get the game started domestically.

    Azerbaijan and Moldova don’t have credible associations.

    Most likely newcomers to the IIHF are Uzbekistan and possibly Iran, although the latter were ruled ineligible for the AWG last year.

    Colombia and Venezuela compete with diaspora teams.

    Lebanon, Algeria and Tunisia have all fielded diaspora teams. Egypt have some domestic activity and have also played.

    Saudi Arabia played in the 2010 GCC event but not since. They have recently designed a new kit !

    Geoff
    Last edited by GeoffH; 02-11-2018 at 02:08.

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    I find it hard to get too excited about this

    https://www.nationalteamsoficehockey...congress-buzz/

    At least they are talking about introducing the game into Jamaica.

    They are planning to play in the LATAM event in Florida with a North American roster.

    I hope they paid their own way for the trip to Congress.

    Geoff

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    At least the Jamaican federation is no longer talking about participation in the next winter Olympics as their goal. Maybe they finally understand the IIHF eligibility rules a bit better.

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    I thought this forum had closed down !

    As it hasn’t I thought I would post on my favourite thread.

    There has been the usual mix of good and bad news regarding the developing hockey nations recently.

    IIHF membership has expanded by 5 from 76 to 81 with the addition of Algeria, Colombia, Iran, Lebanon and Uzbekistan. Of these Uzbekistan has the best chance of entering a team in an IIHF event, of the others only Iran has much chance in the short term as they do have some domestic hockey.

    The WC has expanded to 54 teams for 2020 with the addition of Malaysia and Philippines.

    The CCoA manages to keep going , with 6 teams, even though many of the formerly competing teams are now in just the WC. Only Philippines will compete in both this season. Good to see that India are returning. Only Macau has competed every year, the next CCoA will be the 13th. Oman and Qatar have competed in the past but are absent this time.

    I’m pleased to see that Ice Hockey will be played for a second time at this year’s SE Asia Games. Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia again compete.

    There are a record number of teams playing in the qualifying events for the 2022 Olympics with Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, UAE, Thailand, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Kyrgyzstan and Bosnia Herzegovina all involved in the preliminary round.

    I’m disappointed that the Development Cup is not being held any more. This means Ireland, Portugal, North Macedonia and Andorra have no national team event. Morocco has also competed and there was always the hope that Greece might make an appearance. Hopefully something similar will take place soon.

    There is still no news of another Asian Winter Games. The Ice Hockey event is normally well supported with 19 teams competing in 2017 , when Iran was disqualified over eligibility.

    The LATAM event , held in Florida, has been very successful and this year expanded to include additional teams representing Jamaica, Puerto Rico and even the Falkland Islands ! Most of the players here would not meet IIHF eligibility rules.

    Best wishes

    Geoff
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    Good summary of recent events, this is also my favourite thread on the Forum

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    It looks like the development cup is going ahead for 2020 I've already received the invite ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockey_Algeria View Post
    It looks like the development cup is going ahead for 2020 I've already received the invite ;)
    Thanks, that’s good news, hope you’ll have an Algeria team competing. Where and when ?

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    Seems like Germany again, and I believe all the new IIHF members have been invited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hockey_Algeria View Post
    Seems like Germany again, and I believe all the new IIHF members have been invited.
    Yes, I understand all IIHF members who don’t play in the World Champs have been sent an invite. Likely in September 2020 but too early to say exactly when and who will play.

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    My latest summary of national team activity for the 81 IIHF members.

    59 competing in IIHF events during this season, 2019/20.

    5 competed in non-IIHF competition this season.
    Jamaica, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Brazil

    8 competed in recent years
    Oman, North Macedonia, Portugal, Ireland, Andorra, Morocco, Lebanon and Algeria

    2 competed in 2016/17 but not since
    Qatar and Iran

    3 are long term inactive
    Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein

    4 have never had a team
    Azerbaijan, Moldova, Nepal and Uzbekistan

    Regards

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    Last edited by GeoffH; 27-11-2019 at 11:19.

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    Some of those recent teams should return if the 2020 Development Cup goes ahead and Uzbekistan have their club team in the VHL. If they follow the other Central Asian nations they will try and get the national team running asap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salavat View Post
    Some of those recent teams should return if the 2020 Development Cup goes ahead and Uzbekistan have their club team in the VHL. If they follow the other Central Asian nations they will try and get the national team running asap.
    Yes, thanks, I agree things look promising. We’ll see what happens.

    Geoff

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