the international ice hockey Federation (IIHF) allows for the possibility of moving the ice hockey championship, to be held in 2021 in Minsk to another country. This decision will depend on the development of the political situation with the protests in Belarus.
As told journalists the Vice-President of the IIHF Kalervo Kummola, at the Federation’s meeting he raised the issue of the venue of the tournament due to the political situation in the country, and against Belarusian authorities for a pandemic coronavirus.
Kummola added that after his speech the President of the IIHF Rene Fasel said that “in two weeks we will see what happens in Belarus, to calm down the situation or not.” The Vice President noted that his disagreement was expressed by the representative of Belarus, who said that “we should not mix sports with politics”, reports “Interfax”.
we will Remind, in Belarus the fourth day of protests against the results of voting in the presidential election that took place on August 9. According to official data of the CEC, the winner was Alexander Lukashenko: it is the election Commission has counted more than 80%, and his rival from the opposition Svetlana Tikhanovski — only 10%. However, witnesses and observers reported fraud in the areas. She Tikhanovski said that scored at least 70%, and the results of voting are forged. The day after the election, she left Belarus and now is in Lithuania. Across the country there are mass protests, they are accompanied hard by arrests, beatings of protesters and attacks by security forces on passersby and cars. Injured several hundred people, there are victims.