The 2021 IIHF World Championship is scheduled to take place from 21 May to 6 June 2021. It was originally to be co-hosted by Minsk, Belarus and Riga, Latvia, as the IIHF announced on 19 May 2017. Their joint bid won by a very tight margin against the Finnish bid with the cities of Tampere and Helsinki. Despite similar political opposition in 2014 when Belarus was the sole host of the IIHF World Championship, Belarus was to be the host for the 2021 IIHF Championship. However, in the wake of the ongoing 2020–2021 Belarusian protests, several political groups, politicians and international entities.