Switzerland defeat China at 2018 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament


Switzerland defeat China at 2018 Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament

Fans of hockey in Belarus have seen the first matches of the 2018 Christmas tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus. The tournament is taking place at Chizhovka Arena.

The Russians defeated the Balkans Team 19:1. The Chinese team, the debutants of the current competition, lost to Swiss hockey players. But the Chinese athletes are not going to give up, they can still succeed.

Damian Nicholas Campbell, player of the Chinese team:
Very long and very difficult game... But we had excellent support. The competitions are perfectly organized and I am very glad that I came here. We are waiting for the next game.

Reinar Duritz, player of the Swiss team:
You know, this is only the first game, so in the first period we did not know which tactics to choose. Already in the second and third we played much better. In general, I'm so pleased with the support of the stands. I'm for the first time at this tournament and I really like it. I think the next games will be even better.

In total, 8 teams from 15 nations are fighting for the title. In 2018, the Czechs have significantly strengthened their squad, while the most unusual team is the Balkans, which consists of 8 countries.

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Belarus is represented by the ice squad of the President. Belarus is still to play their first match, which will be against the United Arab Emirates, the bronze medalists of last year's tournament.

Traditionally, Christmas hockey in the Belarusian capital attracts many fans, including many foreign guests. Games are held with very strong support of the stands.

What we see on TV is one thing but when we come to the arena it's completely different emotions, sensations.

Young fan:
I do football, but I always like watching Christmas hockey.

We like it, very interesting, always cool, fun. We always come with pleasure. Switzerland has a cool goaltender as always. Our Belarusians are beyond any comparison, they are always the best.