The joint bid of the two neighbouring countries won by a tight margin against the Finnish bid with the cities of Tampere and Helsinki. The proposed dates are 7-23 May 2021.

The 2017 IIHF Annual Congress voted with 55 votes to 52 to support the joint bid by Belarus and Latvia.

Previously Latvia held the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2006 at the Arena Riga and Skonto hall.

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