No trace of attitude: the world ice hockey association is withdrawing the World Cup from Minsk

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No trace of attitude: the world ice hockey association is withdrawing the World Cup from Minsk


 The  decision was a long time coming, but after the events of last week it is no longer a surprise. © www.de24.news The  IIHF association and its president René Fasel communicate the end for Minsk in a way that is not convincing.

IIHF President René Fasel in Minsk last week.

IIHF President René Fasel in Minsk last week.

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When the world ice hockey association IIHF announced on Monday that it had withdrawn the 2021 World Cup from co-host Belarus, it was nothing more than a notification of completion. Events had rolled over in the last week after the IIHF President René Fasel had traveled to Minsk and there hugged the head of state Alexander Lukashenko as warmly as if the cameras were capturing a family reunification in one of those kitschy TV shows. © www.de24.news

 The  scene caused an international uproar, the Freiburg Fasel was perceived as a servile despot understuder and in the days afterwards tried itself with manageable success as a fire extinguisher and relativizer. He said: “© www.de24.news

 The  hug doesn’t mean that we approve of what is happening in Belarus.” But he also knew that these words were less powerful than the images that had gone around the world.





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