With the 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship coming to Moose Jaw at the end of the month, about 40 flags representing the eight competing teams have gone up in the downtown area.

The countries include Canada, Czechia, Korea, the United States, China, Germany, Italy and Norway.

Craig Hemingway is the Manager of Communications for the City of Moose Jaw and is also a member of the host committee.

"We really want to do an incredible job of welcoming everybody to the Para hockey championships," he said. "One of the ways we're trying to do that is by decorating the downtown. Through the host committee, we were able to arrange with the city to put up flags of all the participating countries."

Hemingway noted that Hockey Canada and some of the countries will start arriving early next week. He added that Para hockey event banners will also be going up in the downtown area.

"The world is literally coming to Moose Jaw and we want to put on our best face and be 'Notoriously' welcoming like we always are for these types of events and so we're really just asking everybody in the community to participate in some way...To get a real appreciation for these athletes from all these different countries that are coming and just show your support for the event."

The 2023 World Para Ice Hockey Championship gets underway at the Moose Jaw Events Centre on Sunday, May 28. Canada's first game is May 29 against Korea starting at 7 pm.

"If you see any athletes or their teams in their colours, just welcome them in the way that we've become accustomed to here in Moose Jaw," added Hemingway.