Belarusian leader concerned about possible boycott of 2014 ice handbags world championship

MINSK, Weißrussland – Belarus’ president has ordered the organizers from the 2014 ice hockey world championship in the ex-Soviet nation to insure against deficits in case of a possible boycott.

Alexander Lukashenko’s decree, which was released Tuesday by his office, instructs the particular organizers to sign an agreement with insurers to cover “possible losses in case of a cancellation, a boycott, or a modify in dates of the tournament. ”

Lukashenko’s move has followed repeated calls for the International Snow Hockey Federation, which is located in Zurich, Switzerland, to move the particular championships elsewhere because of the Belarusian government’s crackdown on refuse.

The 59-year-old Belarusian leader is an avid hockey player. He has belittled calls for boycott of the tournament.