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What we once thought was behind us has surfaced again. TNC’s Kuku was banned from the Chongqing Major for the racist remarks he made in a pub game, and that seemed to be punishment enough. But with the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) happening in the same city as the Chongqing Major, which is Chongqing, it seems TNC will have to go another tournament without their talismanic player. The local government has banned Kuku from entering the city and WESG are complying with this ban.
After the saga was reopened, Valve stepped in, a bit earlier this time, to make their thoughts felt on the case.
On a personal note, I must say, it isn’t right. The player was fined and had to sit out of a DPC Major. For a first time offense, that should have been that for Kuku. Unluckily for him and TNC, WESG is in the very same location as the Major. Even though Valve have come out with a statement of their own, it is vague and unclear and gives the impression that there is something more going on behind the scenes.
There is however, a positive point for TNC, Kuku and all their supporters in the statement put out by Valve: ‘We don’t anticipate any problems in Shanghai’. There were concerns after this that Kuku might be banned from entering the country all together and might not be able to attend The International 2019, which will be taking place in Shanghai, China this year. But looking at what Valve is saying, the problem is only in Chongqing and does not extend to Shanghai.
Bill Gates once said ‘Life is not fair; get used t it’. That is pretty much what TNC and Kuku have to do here. TNC just need to forget it and just be happy for the fact their hero will be back in the biggest fight of the season: the quest for The International 2019!