Belarus leader faces prospect of 2014 ice hockey boycott -+011000110+ – # @@ # @!! Reuters – MINSK ( Reuters ) – Belarus ‘s leader acknowledged on Tuesday Western countries might boycott the particular 2014 world ice hockey championships, which are due to end up being hosted in his country, informing organisers to insure on their own against possible cancellation or postponement. # @@ # @!! The particular European Parliament has already advised the International Ice Handbags Federation to consider moving the particular games because of Belarus is poor human rights report and its treatment of the resistance, many of whose leaders are already jailed. # @@ # @!! President Alexander Lukashenko, who has dominated the ex-Soviet republic considering that 1994, issued a decree telling the championship is national organising committee to insure itself “against associated with cancellation, boycott or post ponement “. # @@ # @!! A big ice hockey fan and an amateur player themselves, Lukashenko has overseen the particular construction of 30 glaciers hockey stadiums in Belarus and this number is anticipated to grow to 50 before the May championships next year. # @@ # @!! In comments to parliament in May last year, he previously defiantly dismissed talk of a Western boycott as “pure politicking … nothing related to sport ” and stated such threats only harm the image of the world glaciers hockey federation. # @@ # @!! He added that look at a boycott was individually aimed at him as a large ice hockey fan. ” But I ‘ll endure, ” he said. # @@ # @!! ( Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Heavens ) # @@ # @!! # @@ # @!! # @@ # @!! -+011000110+ – # @@ # @!! MINSK ( Reuters ) – Belarus ‘s president acknowledged on Tuesday Western countries might boycott the 2014 world ice hockey competition, which are due to be managed in his country, telling organisers to insure themselves against possible cancellation or post ponement. The Western european Parliament has already urged the particular International Ice Hockey Federation to consider moving the games because of Belarus ‘s bad human rights record as well as its treatment of the opposition, many of whose leaders have been jailed. President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the particular ex-Soviet republic since 1994, issued a decree informing the championship ‘s national organising committee to make sure itself “against the possibility of cancellation, boycott or postponement “. A big glaciers hockey fan and an amateur player himself, Lukashenko has overseen the building of 30 ice hockey stadiums in Belarus which number is expected to develop to 50 before the May championships next year. In comments to parliament in May last year, he had defiantly dismissed talk of a Western boycott as “pure politicking … nothing to do with sport ” and said such threats only hurt the image of the world ice hockey federation. This individual added that talk of a boycott was personally aimed at him as a big glaciers hockey fan. ” But I ‘ll survive, ” he said. ( Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Heavens )