Source: Middle East 24
The meetings of the General Assembly of the Asia and Oceania Ice Hockey Federation began Friday evening in Abu Dhabi, with the participation of representatives of 27 countries.
The meeting presented the strategies of the International Ice Hockey Federation that will be implemented in Asia, and the Federation’s plan for the next four years (ice26), which aims to develop the game at the international level.
The first meeting focused on setting the main points to determine the needs of the Asian continent to develop the game of ice hockey from camps, tournaments or conferences.
During the meeting, Aivaz Umarukov, President of the Asia and Oceania Federation, Vice President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, reviewed the strategy and goals for the coming period, and the obligations of the countries of Asia and Oceania to ensure the progress of the development plan in the game of ice hockey for everyone.
The importance of these meetings highlights the fact that this Asian gathering was approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation last year, due to the steady increase of Asian members from 11 to 16 until reaching 27 members.
The International Federation aims to support the Asian system by unifying development efforts and setting strategies and plans.
Hamel Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Vice President of the Emirates Winter Sports Federation, said: “We are pleased that the Abu Dhabi Summit will be a new starting point for the game of ice hockey in Asia and Oceania, and the plans and strategies being discussed that contribute to concerted efforts to develop the game during the next four years. We welcome and support all efforts, We thank the International Ice Hockey Federation for its plans, initiatives and programs to develop the game in Asia.”