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1/19/2007 12:49:29 PM


Quebec City could be in danger of losing the right to stage the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Hockey Canada released a statement on Friday, saying the IIHF Steering Committee in charge of the 2008 event was exploring "alternative sites" for the championship after failing to receive a written response from Quebec City officials.

The statement did not say what the potential problems are which might prevent Quebec City from staging the championship. It's also uncertain if the alternative sites include moving the tournament outside of Canada.

"Until such time as the Steering Committee has had an opportunity to assess the situation and decide on a next course of action, there will be no further comment by either the Steering Committee or Hockey Canada on this matter."

In May 2004, the IIHF awarded the 2008 championship to Quebec City-Halifax as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. Under the bid proposal, both cities would split the preliminary and qualifying round games along with the quarter-final matches. Quebec City was selected by Hockey Canada to host both semifinal matches as well as the gold medal match due to the greater seating capacity of the Colisee over the Metro Centre in Halifax.

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