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IIHF Disqualifies Lukashist Baskau For Five Years

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IIHF Disqualifies Lukashist Baskau For Five Years
DZMITRY BASKAU

The man is now suspended from all national and international ice hockey activities.

The IIHF Independent Disciplinary Board has issued a five-year suspension to Belarusian Ice Hockey Association President Dzmitry Baskau.

This has been reported by the IIHF website.

“Baskov is suspended from all national and international ice hockey activities for five years, commencing 10 September 2021, ending 9 September 2026,” the message says.

The decision comes following a ten-month investigation by the IIHF Disciplinary Board, which found Baskov to be in violation of the IIHF Code of Conduct. The Board cited sufficient evidence that Baskau has tried to directly influence others to support the Belarus government and has threatened and discriminated Belarusian athletes because of their political opinion, and abused his position as a representative of ice hockey in order to support Lukashenka.

Important to note, a number of independent investigations established the involvement of Dzmitry Baskau and Lukashenka's press secretary Natallia Eismont in the creation and activities of a gang that attacked the protest courtyards of peaceful Belarusians. During one of these attacks, Raman Bandarenka, a defender of the Square of Changes in Minsk, was killed.