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“WE REALLY WANT TO GET BACK TO THE A-POOL AND BE IN A POSITION TO GET TO THE QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT”

Czech Republic coach Jiri Briza has spoken of the positive feeling amongst his team as they prepare for the 2016 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships B-Pool, set to get underway in Tomakomai, Japan, on 28 November.

The Czech Republic recently won the Four Nations tournament at home in Ostrava against Japan and Slovakia, two of the teams they will play at the end of the month.

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Briza said this has given the team the confidence boost they need ahead of Tomakomai 2016, a crucial Championships which will see the top three teams progress to the Qualification Tournament for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

“Now we are in a really good mood,” Briza said. “We played in the Four Nations tournament and there is a good feeling in the team. The players are excited to get to Japan and get back what we lost in Buffalo so it’s going to be pretty good.

Getting back what they lost in Buffalo refers to his team’s relegation to the B-pool in 2015, after they lost to Germany at the Worlds A-pool.

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Briza believes that where they went wrong was to focus too much on other teams. They will not make the same mistake again.

The 2016 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships B-Pool will run until 3 December.

Source : Internet

 

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