Kazakhstan • 17 January, 2020

Almaty to host the World Speedway championship for the fifth time

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On February 1 and 2, the first final of the Individual World Championship of Speedway (ice motorcycle racing) in 2020 will be held in Almaty at the Medeu skating rink.

This competition is held under the auspices of the International Motorcycle Federation FIM and will be the fifth in a row for Almaty residents.

Since 2015, the Federation of Motor sports of Kazakhstan has already held four successful finals of competitions at Medeu and one final at the arena of the indoor ice palace "Alau" in the capital.

The Individual World Championship of Speedway in 2020 will be held in five finals. The first final is entrusted to Kazakhstan, the second will be held in the Russian city of Togliatti, the third will be held in the Russian Shadrinsk, and the championship will be completed in Germany and the Netherlands. The team final of the world Cup will be held in the German capital Berlin.

For the first time in history, the Kazakhstan team of ice gladiators will take part in it.

The World Championship of Speedway is an international competition between the highest-ranked motorcycle speedway riders of the world, run under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).

Today, this official FIM championship is organised as a series of Speedway Grand Prix events, where points are awarded according to performance in the event and tallied up at the end of each season. However, up to 1994, it was run as a single-night event after qualifying rounds during the season, leading up to a big final of 20 heats, where points were awarded according to riders' heat placings and then tallied up at the end.

Before the World Championship received its formal recognition from the ACU and the FIM in 1936, other unofficial Speedway World Championships were staged between 1931 and 1935, in Europe, South America and Australasia.

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