MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The highest ice hockey official in Belarus has stepped down after he was banned for 5 years for threatening gamers over their political views.
The Belarus hockey federation had initially signaled Dmitri Baskov may keep on as president in defiance of Wednesday’s ban, however he advised state TV on Friday he was stepping apart to keep away from potential additional sanctions towards the federation if he stayed.
The Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation dominated Baskov “abused his place” by attempting to affect others to again authoritarian Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Its investigation discovered proof he “threatened and discriminated Belarusian athletes due to their political opinion.”
The IIHF beforehand eliminated Belarus as host of this yr’s males’s world championships after a backlash from sponsors.
Belarus has been in turmoil for greater than a yr since longtime president Lukashenko, who’s a passionate hockey fan, was re-elected in a vote broadly seen as rigged and which led to a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests.
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