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The 2021 Hockey World Championship Will Not Be Played In Minsk

from the IIHF,

Due to safety and security issues that are beyond the IIHF’s control, the IIHF Council confirmed today that the decision to move the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship from Minsk, Belarus is unavoidable. The decision was reached by Council following the conclusion of an extensive due diligence process.

The IIHF has a duty of care to all Championship participants. As such, IIHF Bylaw 9 provides the IIHF Council the ability to withdraw an IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship from a hosting nation if there is reason for concern that the well-being or the safe freedom of movement of the players, officials, traveling spectators and media is in doubt.

Therefore, the IIHF Council has conducted a fair and unbiased due diligence process whereby independent experts and all stakeholders were consulted on the viability of holding the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus in the face of the growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and COVID-19. The final stage of the IIHF Council due diligence process was meeting with the Belarusian government last week and the commissioning of a further independent expert report.

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But the CCP-controlled China is just fine - because of $$$

No matter how the abject dishonesty around Covid that has cost so
many lives, no matter the lack of press freedom and policy of disappearing
anyone who runs afoul of the regime (anyone seen Jack Ma lately?)
No matter a genocide of not just Uighers but Tibetans and other ethnic and
religious groups who might not worship the ruling party first and foremost.

It’s this kind of hypocrisy that has so badly eroded the legitimacy and trust in
so many international institutions - including those related to sports.
No country is perfect - including the US. But an increasingly totalitarian regime
committing genocide on a mass scale, a regime that broke its clear commitments re: Hong Kong and is plunging that once-free territory into fear and repression ought to be an obvious place to draw the line. We wouldn’t send teams to North Korea if they happened to offer a huge emerging market for profits…would we?

As far as I’m concerned, there is no 2022 Olympics.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/18/21 at 04:03 PM ET

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But the CCP-controlled China is just fine - because of $$$

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As far as I’m concerned, there is no 2022 Olympics.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/18/21 at 04:03 PM ET

I couldn’t agree more, lefty. But I’m guessing the new administration will encourage the U.S. to participate in order to help “normalize” the relationship between the tw countries. Chamberlain did the same thing with Germany in the 1930’s claiming he had secured “peace in our times.” And we all know how that worked out.

As one astute observer said recently about other national issues: “This isn’t about right vs left. This is about right vs wrong.” And after what the Chinese Communist Party did to the entire world this past year, doing anything that gives them a chance to “shine” on the world stage is completely and unequivocally wrong on every level.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/19/21 at 11:27 AM ET

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