Dota 2 team TNC Predator is currently considering its options in regards to attending the Chongqing Major after being notified Carlo "Kuku" Palad is not welcomed in China. Commentators scheduled for the event are threatening to boycott the Major in support of Kuku.
3. The organizers will not be able to guarantee his safety should he attend— TNC Predator (@TNCPredator) December 2, 2018
The organizers also informed us that neither TNC nor Kuku is banned from attending the Major.
TNC Predator revealed the organizers of the Chongqing Major did not ban TNC Predator nor Kuku, but there will be consequences should Kuku attempt to enter China to compete with the team. If TNC Predator attends the Major with Kuku, he might not be allowed to enter the country, the city government might cancel the Major, and the organizers "will not be able to guarantee his safety."
Kuku was caught up in a racist controversy with Rolen Andrei Gabriel "Skemberlu" Ong after it was revealed Kuku used a racial and derogatory slur during a game with Chinese Dota 2 team Royal Never Give Up. Valve commented on the problem and fines were given to both players but only Skemberlu was dropped from his team.
After news about the Chongqing Major organizer's talk with TNC Predator, a few Dota 2 commentators scheduled for the event are backing out to support Kuku.
If kuku isn’t allowed to play at the major I refuse to cast officially for the major , we all make mistakes and 1 mistake should not forbid you from playing at a tournament that potentially decides your whole career— Grant Harris (@GranDGranT) December 2, 2018
Grant "GrandGranT" Harris, Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Aknberg and David "GoDz" Parker, and Paul "Redeye" Chaloner, all revealed they will refuse to cast the Major should Kuku be denied a chance to play at the Major. The Chongqing Major will start Jan. 19.
Valve's final tournament in the Dota Pro Circuit, The International 9, is scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China. The country's decision on whether Kuku can enter the country will likely affect him in future Valve events should he be qualified to play.
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