The Ostravar Arena has hosted both able-bodied and Para ice hockey World Championships © • Getty Images

The competition

The 2019 World Championships will be held from 27 April - 4 May 2019, ten years after Ostrava hosted the 2009 Worlds.

The Championships see the return of the top teams on competitive ice for the first time since the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

Canada, USA, South Korea, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic and Japan (in world ranking order) will all compete in Ostrava.

The venue

The Ostravar Arena was formerly known as the Culture and Sports Palace and was first opened in 1986. It has hosted many national, European and world championships, as well as concerts and other popular events.

The Arena was modernised in 2003 and is home to the HC Vitkovice Steel ice hockey team.

Ice arena facts:

Rink size: 58 m x 28 m

Capacity: 9.568

Construction date: 6 December 2013

The host city

Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and has over 300,000 inhabitants. At the same time, it is also the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. Originally the steel heart of the republic, it has become the centre of sport and culture in recent years.

In 2014, Ostrava was the European City of Sport and one of the world's most prestigious contests have been held there repeatedly. High quality sporting facilities include the multifunctional City Stadium in Ostrava and the Ostravar Arena.

Ostrava also has a rich cultural background. The Moravian-Silesian National Theatre and the internationally acclaimed Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava are located directly in the city.

Thousands of people have also enjoyed the area of Dolni Vitkovice with the Big and Small World of Technology or the Bolt Tower.

One of the most famous festivals is without a doubt Colours from Ostrava. The Landek Park Authentic Mining Museum, Trojhali Karolina or the Stodolni Street which is full of restaurants, bars and clubs are also worth visiting.

Youth and intellect are mainly supplied by universities and thousands of students. Among the best known are Banska University- Technical University of Ostrava and the University of Ostrava.

Ostrava is also a great starting point for tourists who love hills and romantic views. The Beskids are about 30 kilometres away. To the northwest of Ostrava are the no less beautiful Jeseniky Mountains.

High quality access to the city is provided not only by the railway (connection from Prague, further to Slovakia, Poland), but also to the D1 backbone motorway or the nearby airport of Leos Janacek in Mosnov.