The men’s world hockey championship will also take place in Latvia next year, and it is organized in cooperation with Belarus. The joint application of Latvia and Belarus won the right to host the championship three years ago, and it is expected that each country will host one subgroup and two quarterfinals while the medal games take place in Minsk.
Belarus held presidential elections over the weekend, with authoritarian Alexander Lukashenko announcing a convincing victory with 80.2% of the vote. This was followed by mass protests and people taking to the streets to protest against the official election results and to regard them as fake. The widespread protests in Belarus have attracted much media attention in the world, and the leaders of the democracies have condemned the use of physical force against the protesters.
According to Gaross told Sportacentrs.com, no representative from Belarus was scheduled to attend the press conference on Thursday. It was planned that Edgars Buncis, the head of the WC 2021 organizing committee, representatives of the WC sponsors, as well as some hockey players of the Latvian national team will take part in the press conference.
“The postponement of the event is really for purely technical reasons,” Garos said. “There were logistics problems, we could not get everything to Riga on time. We are working on a solution and hope that we will be able to invite you to the presentation of the mascot again next week or later. ”
Asked whether the situation in Belarus, the cooperation partner of the PC2021, is not related to the postponement of the mascot presentation, Garros replied that no, the only reason was technical problems.