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MINSK, March 21 (Itar-Tass) —— Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko believes that the speculations about the possibility his country may be stripped of the right to host the 2014 world ice hockey cup are politicized.
“I have heard about such talk, but I know nothing else. That’s a very politicized process, it has nothing to do with sports. If that does happen, it will be a powerful blow at least on the image of the ice hockey federation, and, possibly, entire world sport,” he told the media.
“Belarus has deservedly earned this world cup,” he said.
“We have done a great deal for hosting the cup. I am certain about that. If the event takes place in Minsk, all media will say that nothing of the sort has ever been and possibly will not be for a long time. The whole country will be working for that championship with all of its hospitality,” Lukashenko said.