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Hockey World Championship of 2014
On May 9-25, 2014 Minsk will host the 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The decision on holding the tournament in Minsk was taken at the IIHF Annual Congress on May 8, 2009 in Bern, Switzerland.
Apart from Belarus such countries as Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic were the bidders for hosting the world championship in 2014. Latvia and Ukraine planned to construct new venues for the event in Riga and Kiev respectively.
75 members of the IIHF Congress gave their votes to Belarus, 24 members voted for Hungary, Latvia received 3 votes, while Ukraine – 2. One delegate abstained from voting.
Minsk Arena was highly praised by the IIHF officials and stars of the world hockey.
The reconstruction of a number of hotel complexes is planned within the framework of the preparation for the event.
Transport and Infrastructure
An additional runway as well as new servicing terminals will be constructed at the National Airport “Minsk”
All the major roads of Belarus will become four-lane ones.
Four new traffic intersections are to be built in the vicinity of hockey arenas.
The network of subway stations was expanded in 2012.
New intercity trains appeared in Minsk in 2011.
In January 2012, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree on visa-free entry to Belarus for official participants of the world championship and foreign tourists for the period from April 25 to May 31, 2014.
The ground for visa-free travel for tourists is the presence of the original or an electronic ticket for the championship matches.
There is no problem of terrorism in Belarus, while the level of crime is stably low.
The population of Belarus is tolerant and hospitable.
The Interior Ministry together with the Emergencies Ministry, the Ministry of Health and the Belarusian Ice Hockey Association have developed a system of additional measures to ensure security at the world championship.
Do you speak English?
Not all residents of Minsk can speak foreign languages. However, a large number of volunteers, who speak foreign languages, will be working during the World Championship. They will help the participants and guests of the championship.
The capital of Belarus is a great place for varied recreation.
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