IWBF STATEMENT ON RUSSIAN TEAMS AND OFFICIALSsara.smareglia
IWBF firmly condemns Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine and remains deeply concerned over the situation.
The IWBF Executive Council has today decided all Russian teams and officials will not be allowed to participate in any IWBF competitions (including IWBF Europe’s club competition Euro League) until further notice. The decision underlines core values within wheelchair basketball – integrity, respect, and friendship.
IWBF and the wheelchair basketball family stand united in solidarity with everyone affected by what is happening in Ukraine and join the global sporting community in calling for the restoration of peace.
Further actions will be discussed at the next IWBF Executive Council meeting on 9 April 2022.
The National Organisation of Wheelchair Basketball of Ukraine has the offer of IWBF’s full support wherever possible. Our highest concern remains with all our players and community affected by this terrible conflict and our thoughts and prayers go out to all.
*Belarus is not a member of IWBF and therefore does not have any officials or teams participating in IWBF competitions.