The NHL announced Tuesday that it will ban players from the U.S. from participating in the World Cup of Hockey, which will be held in July in South Korea.
The NHL’s decision comes just two days after President Donald Trump issued a new executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U to the United States, which is widely seen as a move to stop the growth of the Islamic State group in the country.
Trump’s new order also blocks U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley from entering South Korea and imposes new restrictions on refugees entering the country, though some refugees have managed to find safe haven in the U of A.
The World Cup is the first major international sporting event for the U: It’s scheduled for June 27 in South Korean cities including Busan, Gwangju, and Gyeonggi, and is expected to attract up to 15 million fans.