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Volume 6 No. 217

Events and Attractions

The 2013 Int'l Ice Hockey Federation Annual Congress allocated the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship to Cologne, Germany and Paris. The German-French bid received 63 votes from the delegates. The other bid with Copenhagen, Denmark and Riga, Latvia got 45 votes. Cologne is a well-known venue for int'l hockey fans. The Lanxess Arena played host to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in '01 and '10. Cologne as the main venue will host one preliminary-round group, two quarterfinal games, the semifinals and medal games. Cologne will also host the 2017 IIHF Annual Congress while Paris is proposed as the host of the 2016 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress. In France, games will be played at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in downtown Paris with a Metro station next door. The arena will be renovated and expanded by '15 so that it can offer seating for 15,000 fans for hockey games (IIHF).

Brazil is using this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup "as a test drive," according to Kenneth Rapoza of FORBES. The government "wants to show that it is ready and prepared to provide top notch security for the major sets of games heading their way." The Brazilian military has mobilized 25,000 soldiers "to patrol all 16,886 kilometers of the entire Brazilian border shared with 10 South American countries." Operation Agata's purpose is mainly to keep football fans safe "in a country that has seen rising levels of crime," but troops are also focusing on cross-border crimes that could disrupt security during the Confederations Cup (FORBES, 5/18).

A Swedish ticket agency accused of profiting from a charity football match for a deceased player has said that "it will make a donation to a fund set up in his memory," according to Philip O'Connor of REUTERS. Swedish football side AIK had staged a charity match with Dynamo Zagreb after its "Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Turina was found dead in his bed on May 2." A report in the newspaper Aftonbladet suggesting that Ticnet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ticketmaster, had profited from the match "sparked a storm of protest from football fans in Sweden." Many took to the company's Facebook page to "demand that the sum be paid to Turina's family." Ticnet Marketing Dir Mattias Hallgrim said, "We don't want to comment publicly on any sum." Hallgrim said that "in their haste to organise the game, AIK had to put the game into their system and had never asked Ticnet to support or sponsor the game" (REUTERS, 5/18).

Atlético Madrid flew to Singapore on Sunday for a charity game on Wednesday against a team of local stars at Singapore's Jalan Besar Stadium. A total of 22 Atlético players, including Óliver Torres, Saúl Ñiguez and Javier Manquillo, made the flight early Sunday after the club beat Real Madrid for the Copa del Rey on Friday and celebrated with fans on Saturday (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 5/19). ... The '12-13 Nedbank Cup Final football game to be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa has sold out eight days before the fixture. Defending champion SuperSport will take on Kaizer Chiefs on May 25 (SOWETAN LIVE, 5/17). ... Police in Belgrade have made more than 104 arrests after rival football fans of the city's Partizan and Red Star teams "clashed at a match." Fans threw stones at the Partizan team bus as it approached the stadium and rival supporters "fought running battles." Inside the stadium, Red Star fans burnt several seats at the final whistle (BBC, 5/18).