Dear FESA representatives, dear Shogi friends,
The organization of international sporting events in Belarus is to be viewed extremely critically in view of the human rights responsibility of sport associations.
Already awarding the European Shogi Championships to Minsk was a mistake.
At least now with regard to the scandalous events at the Olympics in Tokyo, this is becoming increasingly clear. Athletes are threatened if they do not get the appropriate results. Criticism - also sporting, not just political - threatens life and limb.
I am truly sorry for the players. However, a dictatorial regime must not be given the opportunity to show a perfect world. The ongoing state terror (by a government that was actually voted out of office) against its own people leads to the conclusion that it is indispensable to protect all players by ensuring that no sporting event in Belarus has an official character of a continental championship.
Therefore, I am calling on FESA and its member associations to correct its decision and to deprive Minsk of hosting ESC/WOSC!
with kind regards
Of course, I respect your opinion very much, Daniel. However, it is not about the question of politicization - but about protecting the participants. I can very well distinguish between current political power and the level of sport. By the way, there are also many counterexamples of large, braver associations that have canceled their events or withdrawn the hosting from Belarus. Maybe FESA is neither big nor brave if it has an opinion on it.
with kind regards
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