According to Reuters, Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Robert Manfred announced the postponement of the so-called 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia.
The postponement of a major sporting event is linked to the tightening of the state’s electoral laws, previously approved by Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
“Major League Baseball opposes the restrictions,” Manfred said.
Last week, Georgia tightened the requirements for ID cards required to obtain absentee ballots and shortened the deadline for early voting. Also, it was legally prohibited to offer food or water to voters waiting in line.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden sharply criticized the new law and said he would support moving the game as a form of protest.
The law has also drawn criticism from human rights activists, who believe it aims to reduce the turnout of voters representing ethnic minorities.
Major League Baseball’s decision drew sharp criticism from Republicans. Senator Lindsey Graham called the postponement of the games “an attack by the radical left” on Georgia’s laws and urged voters to “remember this during the Senate elections in 2022.”
Well-known human rights activist Stacey Abrams, who previously sharply criticized the bill, said that she was disappointed with transferring the games from Atlanta, as she opposes boycotts. However, at the same time, he is “proud” of the political position of Major League Baseball.
The new venue for the 2021 All-Star Game has not yet been announced.