Swedish Sports Minister Invites PGL and Valve for Meeting Concerning The CS:GO Major
This might just be the saving grace for PGL Major Stockholm 2021.
PGL had found it extremely hard to convince the Swedish government for allowing them to host the upcoming CS:GO Major in Stockholm. With the organizers running out of time, the Mayor of Stockholm had stepped in to write a letter in support of PGL Major Stockholm 2021. Well, it seems to have resulted in something as Amanda Lind - the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport and national minorities, invited both PGL and Valve for a meeting, following a call at 9:30 PM on 16th July as reported by Swedish newspaper Expressen. The meeting which is scheduled to take place today might turn out to be the saving grace for the CS:GO Major.
PGL and Valve to Attend a Meeting With Sports Minister of Sweden Today
PGL's CEO Silviu Stroie had earlier stated that despite several attempts, there had been no new development in the situation regarding the CS:GO Major. As PGL was running out of time, the organizers announced that they would soon start looking for a new location.
Following this stalemate, the Mayor of Stockholm - Anna König Jerlmyr came forward and wrote a letter to both, Minister of the Interior - Mikael Damberg and Minister of Sports - Amanda Lind, in support of hosting the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 in Sweden.
As a last resort, even the Swedish Esports Association had reportedly submitted a proposal from their end at 05:00 PM on Friday, 16th July. They had done something similar a few weeks back for The International 10 (TI10), but it did not result in anything positive as Valve was forced to relocate one of the biggest esports tournament to Bucharest, Romania.
However, this time things seemed to have worked out as Lind agreed to a meeting with both PGL and Valve which will be taking place today. This might just be the saving grave for the CS:GO Major to be held in Sweden.
A few things pointed out were that PGL has been reportedly permitted the same level of guarantees by the Swedish government as the Swedish Olympic application until 2026. But, due to the global health situation, the Swedish government has refused to provide guarantees for all events, this includes both the Olympic Games and the CS:GO Major.
The only request that PGL currently has is the guarantee that all players participating in the Major get a VISA to compete in Sweden. Otherwise, the tournament will be moved to another country.