IWGA Statement on situation in Ukraine

IWGA Statement on situation in Ukraine

The International World Games Association (IWGA) endorses the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s strong condemnation of the breach of the Olympic Truce by the Russian government, as well as by the government of Belarus. This Olympic Truce, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2nd December 2021, is aimed at building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.

The safety and security of athletes is the IWGA’s first priority and we are deeply concerned about the safety of the IWGA sports community in Ukraine.

The IWGA Executive Committee will meet on 4 March 2022 in Madrid and will decide on any specific measures that need to be taken with respect to The World Games 2022 in Birmingham and the IWGA Annual General Meeting as result of this breach of the Olympic Truce.

In particular, the IWGA Executive will consider the IOC’s strong recommendation that no Russian or Belarussian national flag be displayed and no Russian or Belarussian anthem be played at international sports events.

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