World Belarus: Lukashenko replaced by his son as NOK President.
In Belarus, more arrests
© Provided by Liberation Journalists Katerina Bakhvalova, right, and Daria Chultsova in the defendants' box during a hearing in Minsk, Belarus, on February 9. Belarusian mornings are starting right now with arrests and searches. On Wednesday, law enforcement loyal to autocrat Alexander Lukashenko forced open the door of a Protestant temple with a jigsaw during worship.
Viktor Lukashenko replaced his father, the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko, at the head of the National Olympic Committee.
Viktor Lukashenko replaced his father, the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko, at the head of the National Olympic Committee. The organization announced this on Friday. Alexander Lukashenko headed the NOK since 1997. The 66-year-old and his son (45), previously NOK vice, were banned from all Olympic activities by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last December, including the Tokyo Summer Games (July 23 to August 8).
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"I did not intend to be nominated for another term of office as head of the National Olympic Committee," Alexander Lukashenko was quoted on the NOK website: "I beg you, if that's okay with you, for my eldest son I will vouch for him. Under his leadership there will be no theft, corruption and misuse of money. Athletes and coaches will be treated kindly and fairly. As for me, I will keep in touch with what is going on in the sport. "
Passing the office on to his son - formally declared as an election - could result in further sanctions from the IOC for Belarusian sport. In addition to the personal ban, this had stopped all payments in December. The IOC executive came to the conclusion that "the current NOC leadership is not adequately protecting Belarusian athletes from political discrimination." According to
Two Belarusian journalists sentenced to two years in prison for protest coverage
Two journalists in Belarus have been sentenced to two years in prison following their coverage of political protests in the nation. © Provided by Washington Examiner Katsiaryna Bakhvalava, 27, and Daria Chultsova, 23, journalists for the Polish-funded Belsat TV channel, were convicted on Thursday after being charged with "organizing actions rudely violating public order," charges which they deny. The pair were arrested in November. The police broke down their door while they were doing live-stream coverage of a protest in the nation's capital.
media reports, more than 100 athletes have been banned from competitive sports in Belarus since they signed an open letter calling for an end to police violence against demonstrators critical of the government.
IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier this week that the Order of the Rings is "closely" observing the situation before the NOK elections in Belarus. Bach said the IOC will wait for the outcome before deciding whether further sanctions could follow. One possible scenario is to ban the Belarusian flag and anthem from the Tokyo Games.
The country is (sport) heavily criticized politically. Most recently Belarus was deprived of the host role of the world championships in ice hockey and modern pentathlon.
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