Germany May Boycott European Games In Belarus In 2019

Germany does not exclude a possibility of boycotting the European Games in Belarus in 2019, Deutschlandfunk radio station reports.

This is due to the recent journalists’s detentions in Belarus.

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The statement was made by Alfons Hörmann, the head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), on Tuesday, 14 August.

In an interview with the local radio station the official decribed the situation in Belarus as “alarming”.

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At the same time, the DOSB believes that “a boycott is not a good measure and will be considered as an option only if there are totally unacceptable conditions”.

He also stressed that the results of the competitions in 10 sports will go into the qualification standings for the Summer Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo.

This is particularly why this fact should be “taken into consideration”.

“The interests of the athletes are in the foreground for the Olympic Union,” Hörmann noted.

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Also, Germany’s participation in financing of the second European Games has not been decided yet.

The DOSB is conducting “intensive and open negotiations” with the committees on sports and budget.

Belarus reacts

Victoria Mennanova, the Press secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus, commented on the current situation.

“Preparations for the European Games are in full swing. We are not going to take any actions, you should not wait for any statements from us on this matter,” she said to Tribuna.com reporters.

Vadim Devyatovsky, the Chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation, admitted that he is not aware of a boycott as well.

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“We negotiated with Germany on the European games, this sentiment was not close to them. There are no prerequisites for a boycott, that’s news to me.

On the contrary, the German side expressed its intention to participate in the Games, we were working on dense bilateral relations,” Devyatovsky said.

Recall that Nasha Niva European diplomatic sources also condemned the detentions of the independent media journalists.

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International organizations, human rights activists, local authorities and foreign media expressed their concern.

The EU called on Minsk to free journalists, stressing that such actions are in contradiction with Belarus’ international commitments.

The American, British, Swedish and Lithuanian diplomats visited TUT.BY to talk to its founder Yury Zisser, and express their support.

Source: TUT.BY