Moscow to Replace Minsk as Worlds Host

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Photo by Sven Peter.

Photo by Sven Peter.

The Hockey News has learned that the IIHF plans on moving part of the 2021 World Championship, leaving Belarus’ capital of Minsk in favor of Moscow. Latvia, the co-host of the event, will not be affected.

Belarus has been at the center of controversy both globally and in international hockey circles since an August election where longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko declared victory, despite widespread criticisms that the vote was rigged in his favor. Since then, opposition leader (and presidential candidate) Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has gone into exile in Lithuania and massive protests by the people of Belarus have been countered by police violence.