A ceremony to signal the handle
GOMEL, 26 November (BelTA) – Sport should prevail over ‘soiled’ politics, Vitaly Utkin, a member of the Home of Representatives of the Nationwide Meeting of Belarus, the chairman of the Gomel Regional Ice Hockey Federation, stated throughout a ceremony to signal the handle to help Belarus because the host of the 2021 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship to President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak, BelTA has realized.
Novice and skilled hockey gamers, retired athletes, hockey followers gathered within the Gomel Ice Palace to protest towards relocating the 84th IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship from Belarus.
“Our nation loves hockey, and we have to defend our proper to host the World Championship within the face of ‘soiled’ politics that it has encountered,” Vitaly Utkin is satisfied. Based on him, there are various examples in historical past when hostilities and strife stopped in the course of the Olympic Video games. “Let sport win now, let’s hockey win. Could riots and ‘soiled’ politics depart the streets of our cities,” the MP stated.
The handle notes that Belarus is an unbiased state, and solely Belarus and the IIHF ought to resolve the place and find out how to maintain the World Championship: “Our nation shouldn’t be disadvantaged of the correct to host the World Ice Hockey Championship due to the adverse emotional opinion created via an data struggle of types. Our opponents are speculating, fanning tensions across the the hockey scenario.”
“There is a wonderful Olympic precept – sport and politics do not combine. Based mostly on it, we’re certain that hockey won’t profit from the issues recommended by varied politicians. Sport shouldn’t be used as a lever of stress by exterior forces,” the handle reads.
Vitaly Utkin added that the date to signal the doc was not random. “77 years in the past, on 26 November, Gomel was liberated from the Nazis. We, the descendants of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers who received the Victory, will now be defending our proper to host the championship on the worldwide stage,” he stated.
The handle was signed by Gomel sports activities group. Based on Vitaly Utkin, a mechanism shall be developed to allow each stakeholder to affix the initiative. The handle shall be despatched to President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Vladislav Tretiak with a request to ask President of the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel to not relocate the 2021 IIHF World Championship from Belarus.
Among the many signatories was coach of HC Gomel Vyacheslav Zverev. He emphasised that Belarus is a successor of the Soviet ice hockey faculty, and Belarusian ice hockey gamers compete internationally. “Ice hockey has made nice progress in the course of the years of Belarus’ independence. Trendy sport facilities and amenities with well-developed infrastructure have been constructed within the nation to assist each skilled golf equipment and novice teams hone their abilities. Youngsters’s sport colleges have been opened as nicely. The 2014 IIHF World Championship confirmed that Belarus is ready to host competitions of the very best stage,” the coach confused.
Captain of HC Gomel 2005 Matvei Romanyuk additionally believes that Belarus ought to defend its proper to host the 2021 IIHF World Championship. “It’s completely incorrect to combine sport with politics. Belarus ought to host this championship. It is vitally essential for the nation,” the younger hockey participant stated.