The Austrians were off to a good start as they attacked aggressively and were faster than their rivals. Austria's Valentin Ploner broke the ice with a goal at 04:55 taking advantage of a mistake made by the hosting team.
Team Belarus will hit the ice at 19:30 as they will face Team Latvia. This encounter is expected to be one of the decisive matches of the tournament. On 12 December Team Belarus will face Team Norway, on 13 December they will play against Team Slovenia, on 15 December they will take on Team Denmark.
Anastasiya Shkurdai of Belarus placed fifth in the women's 50m butterfly, clocking 25.28 in the finals of the LEN European Short Course Championships 2019 that are running in Glasgow, the UK through 8 December.
The decision was taken by the IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne on 5 December. The election of new 30 members to the IOC Athletes' Commission will take place during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.