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2020 XIV Gazprom Neft Cup cancelled by the event’s Organising Committee

6 March 2020 | Tournament

In the light of recommendations from the World Health Organisation regarding the risks of COVID-19 (coronavirus) proliferation, the Organising Committee of the XIV Gazprom Neft Cup International Kids’ Hockey Tournament has taken the decision to cancel 2020 Gazprom Neft Cup. The world’s leading international non-profit youth tournament had been planned to take place on 13 — 17 April 2020, in Sochi, attended by 35 teams from 12 countries including Austria, Belarus, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Russia.

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The Gazprom Neft Cup was established by Gazprom Neft in 2007 as a children’s U11 hockey tournament. The event is organised — and fully financed — by Gazprom Neft. The Kontinental Hockey League has been co-organiser of the tournament since 2010.

Participating teams comprise KHL and non-KHL clubs, with non-KHL clubs allowed to participate on the principle of “one country — one team”. Thirty-five teams, from 12 countries, had been expected to take part in the 2020 XIV Gazprom Neft Cup, including Austria, Belarus, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Russia.

In 2018 the Gazprom Neft Cup became the most important non-profit youth hockey tournament in the world.

Gazprom Neft Cup matches take place at Sochi’s Olympic ice arenas — the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Iceberg Skating Palace. The tournament boasts an unprecedented level of organisation for a youth competition, with games taking place at Olympic arenas, managed by professional referees, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies broadcast live by MatchTV and the KHL, and covered by leading Russian media. Thousands of fans attend the Gazprom Neft Cup final, which is accompanied by a spectacular multimedia show matching the best in the world.

Gazprom Neft Cup matches take place at Sochi’s Olympic ice arenas — the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Iceberg Skating Palace. The tournament boasts an unprecedented level of organisation for a youth competition: apart from Olympic-standard venues, games are managed by professional referees, with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies broadcast live by MatchTV and the KHL, and covered by leading Russian media. Thousands of fans attend the Gazprom Neft Cup final, which is accompanied by a spectacular multimedia show matching the best in the world.