Congratulations to Stanislav Horuna from Ukraine, The World Games Athlete of the Month for March 2022.
The 33-year-old karateka is The World Games reigning champion and five times European Champion in his weight class. At the Tokyo Olympics, the lawyer who lives in Lviv won a bronze medal for his country. On 1st March he qualified for The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, USA.
Although his country is at war after the invasion by Russia and Stanislav Horuna serves his country as a regular soldier in his hometown of Lviv, he clarified his situation in an interview with a Polish newspaper: "I have qualified for those Games, so I have the opportunity to participate in this great competition." He firmly believes that he will be able to compete again at The World Games 2022.
José Perurena, President of the International World Games Association and Nick Sellers, CEO of the Birmingham Organising Committee stated, following a joint meeting: "We will do everything we can to ensure that Stanislav Horuna and as many other athletes from Ukraine as possible can represent their country when we celebrate The World Games from 7th to 17th July in Birmingham, Alabama."
In The World Games Athlete of the Year race 2020, Stanislav Horuna ended as first runner-up. One of the reasons why so many Karate fans voted for the athlete from Ukraine was described by Antonio Espinós, President of the World Karate Federation:
"Stanislav Horuna is not only one of the best athletes in the world. He represents - like many other karatekas do - the outstanding values of our sport. Honour, hard work, respect and kindness.
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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.