The Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation received a response from the IIHF to a letter regarding the cancellation of the 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus. The parties will hold a working meeting after January 4, the BFSS reports.
The IIHF letter also says that the disciplinary commission of the international federation has initiated an inquiry into Chairman of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation Dmitry Baskov. Earlier, the foundation called on the IIHF to consider the issue of bringing Baskov to disciplinary responsibility in connection with actions that grossly defame the reputation of hockey as a sport.
Recall that a man with features similar to Dmitry Baskov’s was spotted in Changes Square courtyard during the conflict, after which Roman Bondarenko was taken to hospital, and died from his injuries. Later, an audio recording of a telephone conversation was published, during which the details of the incident were discussed. Phonoscope examination confirmed that the voices on the audio recording belong to Dmitry Baskov and kickboxer Dmitry Shakuta.
In its letter to the IIHF, the BFSS expanded on “Baskov’s participation in pro-Lukashenko campaigns using Olympic symbols, his demonstrative drinking of strong alcohol against the background of Olympic symbols and pressure on athletes and employees expressing their citizenship.”
*Changes Square is one of the most famous of the courtyard protest venues in Minsk. It has a mural of two DJs who achieved cult status before the election when they were hired for a pro-Lukashenko rally and played the perestroika-era track Changes instead. The song has become the unofficial anthem of the Belarusian uprising. The square has been “renamed” Changes Square and attracted musicians who gave concerts there.