The 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship, scheduled for early April in Canada, has tentatively been rescheduled to May 6-16, the federation announced Thursday.
The change was made because of the ongoing travel challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IIHF also will increase its monetary support for the tournament, relieving financial burdens for the organizing committee and subsidizing travel costs for the participating teams.
"We know how important this event is in the women's ice hockey calendar, especially considering that we could not have a tournament last season and now with the Olympics on the horizon," said Rene Fasel, IIHF president in a statement. "Our Member National Associations expressed concerns over the associated costs that come with operating a tournament in the current global environment, and I am glad we were able fill the gap and ensure the Women's World Championship can take place with all 10 teams."
The tournament is scheduled to be played in Halifax and Truro in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
It has yet to receive final approval from either federal or provincial health authorities. Exemptions to federal quarantine regulations haven't been given the green light, either.
Teams in Group A in the tournament will represent Canada, the United States, Finland, Russia and Switzerland. Group B teams are from the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Denmark and Hungary.
--Field Level Media