IIHF to consider World Cup relocating from Minsk

This issue has been put on the agenda of the IIHF meeting in May, 2012, which will take place in Helsinki.

Euroradio has learned this from Sonia Nandzik, an assistant to Polish member of the European Union Marek Migalski.

The World Ice Hockey Championship is expected to be held in May 2014 in Minsk. But after the brutal dispersion of the peaceful demonstration after the 2010 presidential elections on December 19 a lot of civil and political activists from all over the world supported the idea not to deliver the sports event in Minsk. In particular, in March, 2012 Richard Durbin, one of the leaders of the Democratic Party in the US Senate, came up with a proposal on relocating not only the 2014 World Ice Hockey Champiosnship from Belarus but other world sporting events as well, including the 2013 cycling championship.

As it was reported before, in its resolution adopted on March 29, 2012 the European Parliament called on «the National Ice Hockey Federations of the EU Member States and all other democratic countries to urge the IIHF, including at its next Congress in May in Helsinki, Finland, to re-discuss its earlier decision envisaging the possibility of relocating the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship from Belarus to another host country until all political prisoners, recognised by international human rights organisations as ‘prisoners of conscious’, are released».



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