By Gary Anderson

July 24 - HOCKEY TEST EVENTDefending world champions Canada will join hosts Russia, the Czech Republic and Norway as the teams taking part in a test event for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

The International Ice Sledge Hockey "4 Nations" Tournament is due to take place in the Russian city from August 26 to September 1 at the purpose built 7,000 capacity Shayba Arena ahead of the 2014 Games.

The nations taking part in the tournament have all qualified for Sochi 2014 by virtue of their performances at this year's International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships held in Nagano in April.

Canada won their third World Championship following a shock victory over reigning Paralympic champions the United States while World Championship debutants Russia overcame the Czech Republic in the bronze medal match.

The Shayba Arena in Sochi will host the ice sledge hockey competition at next years Paralympic Winter GamesThe Shayba Arena in Sochi will host the ice sledge hockey competition at next years Paralympic Winter Games

With the top five teams automatically qualifying for Sochi 2014, former world champions Norway booked their place by finishing fifth following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Italy. 

Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Sweden are the teams battling it out to secure the final three available spots for the eight team Paralympic competition at Sochi 2014.

The final Paralympic qualification tournament is set to take place in November this year, at a venue that is still to be confirmed.

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games are due to take place from March 7 to 14 next year.

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