TWG 2022 Partners with the IWGA and the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity Fund
Beginning 1 April, every ticket purchased to The World Games 2022 will result in a $1 contribution to support athletes in Ukraine.
The $1 contribution will also be made every time The World Games 2022 merchandise is bought.
“We are proud to join our partners at the International World Games Association in this effort to help Ukrainian athletes, many of whom are defending their country at this very moment,” The World Games 2022 CEO Nick Sellers said.
The funds will be contributed to the Sports Committee of Ukraine, the official organization of more than 60 non-Olympic sports federations in the war-torn country.
“We will partner with the IWGA to make this contribution through Olympic Solidarity, a fund of the International Olympic Committee, to ensure safe handling,” Sellers added.
One of the Ukrainian athletes defending his country is Stanislav Horuna, the captain of Ukraine’s national karate team who was preparing to compete in The World Games 2022 when the war started. According to an interview he gave a Polish newspaper earlier this month, he still plans to compete in Birmingham.
The President of the Sports Committee of Ukraine, Illia Shevliak, wrote in a letter to the IWGA that “a lot of Ukrainian sportsmen, including those who are qualified for The World Games 2022, are either taking up arms and defending their country or volunteering to help the Armed Forces and people in need. With grief and pain, we note that some of them have been murdered because of military operations or brutal bombing of the civil population.”
137 Ukrainian athletes have qualified to compete in The World Games 2022, which will be held 7-17 July in Birmingham, Alabama.
José Perurena, President of the IWGA, said, “The IWGA will do everything possible to help Ukrainian athletes and officials to participate, despite all the difficulties they are facing.”
The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and over 100 countries will take part in The World Games.