Report: KHL to Suspend Gagarin Cup Playoffs

The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, K. Tokaev, has declared a state of emergency and ban on all sporting events from March 16 to April 15, 2020, in response to concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, Barys will not be able to hold a series of KHL playoff games in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the following measures and temporary restrictions were introduced for the period of the state of emergency:

1) Establish restrictions on entry to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as on the exit from its territory for all modes of transport, with the exception of personnel of the diplomatic service of the Republic of Kazakhstan and foreign states, as well as members of delegations of international organizations going to the Republic of Kazakhstan at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

2) to prohibit the holding of spectator sports and other public events.

Thus, the Barys hockey club has been forced to refuse to participate in the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

Earlier on Sunday, Helsinki Jokerit withdrew its team from the Gagarin Cup playoffs.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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