POSTED: May 18th 2012
Doha 2020: Qatar joins International Ice Hockey Federation
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HELSINKI: Qatar and Jamaica became the 71st and 72nd members of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) after they were accepted during the Annual Congress in Helsinki.
Jamaica joined as an associate member while Qatar, as a full member, under the precondition of an audit.
The Qatar Ice Hockey Federation (QIHF) was founded in 2010 to develop programmes for senior and junior players. The country thus becomes the third from the Gulf region, after the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, to join the IIHF.
Qatar has two ice rinks — the Villagio Ice Rink in the Aspire Zone and the City Center Ice Rink at West Bay.
The national league, which kicked off in the 2010-11 season, includes five teams and 70 players affiliated with the QIHF. There also exists an ice hockey school with more than 100 registered participants.
Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to join the IIHF.
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