About the Event
The Serbian town of Novi Sad will host the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships from 12-17 November at the Sport and Business Centre Vojvodina (SPENS).
The event will bring together teams from Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Poland, and Austria, with the top two finishers moving up to the A Pool for the 2013 World Championships.
The tournament is being organised by the Paralympic Committee of Serbia and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Ice Sledge Hockey, now practiced by athletes in 15 different countries, made its Paralympic debut at the Lillehammer 1994 Games and has quickly become one of the biggest attractions for spectators on the winter sports programme.
It’s played by athletes who have a physical disability in the lower halves of their bodies. Instead of skates, players use double-blade sledges that allow the puck to pass beneath them, and they use two sticks that have spike-ends for pushing and blade-ends for shooting.
About Novi Sad
Novi Sad, home to many prestigious festivals and events, boasts around 300,000 citizens as the second largest and one of the most up-and-coming cities in modern Serbia.
The city lies on the Danube River and is mostly made up of modern buildings being that much of it was destroyed during the 1848 revolution.
Novi Sad's population - which is still growing - has nearly doubled in the last 50 years and sports some of the best football clubs in the country. The city has previously hosted the European Basketball Championships, a number of major ice hockey games, as well as the prestigious Novi Sad State Fair.