The next Dota 2 major in Chonqing, China might be cancelled by the city's government if Carlo “Kuku” Palad—one of the pro players that Valve condemned last month for using racist insults against Chinese teams (opens in new tab)—tries to attend, according to Kuku's team TNC Predator.
The Filipino player made the racist taunt in a pub game last month, and TNC Predator announced they would dock half of his winnings (opens in new tab) from the recent Kuala Lumpur Major, where the team won $60,000 by placing joint 5th, as well as half of his winnings from the upcoming Chongqing Major. The money will be donated to an anti-racism charity (h/t Fox Sports Asia (opens in new tab)).
However, rumours swirled last week that both Kuku and Andrei "skem" Ong, the other player who used racist taunts, would be banned from competing in the Chongqing Major, which will take place in January. According to TNC Predator, that is not true—in a series of tweets (opens in new tab) today, the team said Kuku was not banned, but that they had been told the city's government might cancel the tournament if Kuku attends.
As you can see in the tweets below, TNC Predator claimed tournament organisers also said they could not "guarantee [Kuku's] safety" should he attend.
3. The organizers will not be able to guarantee his safety should he attendThe organizers also informed us that neither TNC nor Kuku is banned from attending the Major.December 2, 2018
The team said they were "yet to decide whether we will continue playing in the event", and were "exploring all of our options".
Kuku issued an apology (opens in new tab) last week, in which he said there was "no excuse" for his actions, and that he hoped for a "second chance to show that I can become a better example" (translation via Fox Sports Asia (opens in new tab)).
As for skem, he's been removed from compLexity Gaming's active Dota 2 roster (opens in new tab), so is unlikely to attend the tournament. The team previously issued him a "formal reprimand, as well as a maximum fine".
Neither Valve nor the tournament organisers have issued an official statement on the matter.