President Joe Biden says he supports the rescheduling of the sporting event
Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Robert Manfred has announced the relocation of the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, Reuters reported.
The postponement of a major sporting event is due to the tightening of the state electoral legislation, previously approved by Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
“Major league baseball opposes the restrictions,” said Manfred.
Georgia tightened ID requirements for absentee ballots last week and cut early voting deadlines. In addition, it was prohibited by law to offer food or water to voters waiting in line.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden sharply criticized the new law and said he would support the transfer of the game as a form of protest.
The law has also drawn criticism from human rights activists who believe it is aimed at reducing voter turnout from ethnic minorities.
Major League Baseball’s decision drew sharp criticism from Republicans. Senator Lindsey Graham called the postponement a “radical left attack” on Georgia law, and urged voters to “remember this during the 2022 Senate elections.”
Prominent human rights activist Stacey Abrams, who previously criticized the bill, said she was disappointed with the transfer of games from Atlanta, as she opposed boycotts. However, at the same time, they “take pride” in the political position of Major League Baseball.
The new venue for the 2021 All-Star Game has not yet been announced.