After Poland failed to defeat Hungary in regulation in front of their hometown fans, Hungary clinched the second and final promotion to the 2016 World Championships in Russia, following an undefeated Kazakhstan who punched their ticket on Thursday.
Kazakhstan, who outscored their opponents 23-6 en route to five consecutive victories, will return to the Worlds after being demoted in 2014, making this their fourth straight promotion in Division IA. This marks their first appearance since 2014, where they were winless in seven games, only finishing with two total points in Minsk.
As for Hungary, they break the streak of Italy being promoted along with Kazakhstan in the last four tournaments, as the Maygars will go to the top stage for the first time since 2009. Hungary lost all three games by a combined score of 16-4, leaving the tournament in Kloten, Switzerland far earlier than hoped in their first World Championship since 1939.
Next year’s Division IA tournament will feature three teams from this year’s tournament (Poland, Italy and Japan), while Korea is promoted from Division IB, while the last two teams will be the two bottom finishers from this year’s Worlds in Czechia, as they will be replaced in Moscow and Saint Petersburg by Kazakhstan and Hungary. Congrats to these squads for moving back up to the big show!