Rivalries put on ice as World Police and Fire Games begin
Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín welcomes the arrival of teams from around the world for the World Police and Fire Games Ice Hockey tournament.
The World Police and Fire Games officially begin on 1 August with the Opening Ceremony at the Kings Hall.
With Ice-Hockey among the most popular sports at the Games, preliminary rounds of the competition get underway from today at the Odyssey Arena and later in the tournament at Dundonald Ice Bowl.
Twenty six teams from across the globe are taking part, including the NI Tridents – an all-Ireland emergency services team.
The Minister said: “The Odyssey Arena and the Dundonald Ice Bowl will host a fantastic 13 days of ice hockey with teams from around the world including America, Canada, Finland, Iceland and Russia competing for the coveted Belfast 2013 medals.
“Also competing for the first time in the history of the Games are NI Tridents - the first all-Ireland joint emergency services ice hockey team.
“The ice-hockey tournament sets the scene for the friendliest games ever. Most events are free of charge and open to the public and I have no doubt that local people will give all visitors a warm welcome.
“As well as the 56 sports events taking place across 41 venues in Belfast and in counties Antrim, Down and Derry, my Department has sponsored a summer cultural programme to ensure that our fabulous arts and cultural offering is showcased for visitors and locals alike.”
Notes to editors:
1. Further information about the ice hockey tournament and all the sports events in the Belfast 2013 World Police and Fire Games is available from: http://www.2013wpfg.com/
2. More information on the summer cultural programme is available online from: http://visit-belfast.com/whats-on/event/summer-cultural-programme
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