U.S. State Department welcomes decision of the International Ice Hockey Federation on Belarus

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U.S. State Department welcomes decision of the International Ice Hockey Federation on Belarus

Representatives of the Belarusian opposition called to deprive the country of the right to host the World Cup due to repression

The U.S. Department of State welcomes the decision of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to remove the World Championship from Minsk, capital of Belarus, said the agency’s spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

“We welcome the IIHF’s decision to move the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship from Belarus. We look forward to the day when conditions are right for the return of the international championship. We call on Lukashenko to end the campaign of pressure on athletes and stop the harsh repression,” Ortagus wrote on Twitter.

The International Ice Hockey Federation said Monday that Minsk will not host the 2021 World Cup.

The World Cup was to be held from May 21 to June 6 in Minsk and Riga.

IFC decision deprives Alexander Lukashenko of an opportunity to hold a major international event, scheduled in Belarus after the last August presidential elections.

Recall that according to the Belarusian opposition, Lukashenko’s victory in those elections was the result of fraud.

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Representatives of the Belarusian opposition called to deprive the country of the right to host the World Cup because of the repression of protesters.