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Rest of World Junior Championship Canceled Over COVID-19

Players from the Slovakian team purchase souvenirs after the remainder of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship was cancelled due to -cv1- on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Red Deer, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
Players from the Slovakian team purchase souvenirs after the remainder of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship was cancelled due to -cv1- on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Red Deer, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
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(AP) -- The remainder of the world junior hockey championship in Canada has been canceled over fears of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The International Ice Hockey Federation made the announcement Wednesday on the recommendation of the organization’s medical officials. Citing the spread of the coronavirus and the omicron variant, the IIHF canceled the rest of the tournament “to ensure the health and safety of all participants.”