Athletes, politicians, and others have spoken out against Belarus hosting the World Championship. Due to the political and humanitarian situation in Belarus, many, including co-host Latvia, have asked the IIHF to reconsider their choice.
The IIHF and with it its president René Fasel have been hesitant about making a decision about the entire tournament. Škoda might now force their hand by issuing the following statement: "We've been a proud partner to the IIHF World Championship for 28 years. But we also respect & promote all human rights. Therefore, Škoda will withdraw from sponsoring the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship if Belarus is confirmed to be co-hosting the event."