March 11, 2022

News Release

World Police and Fire Games Federation Halts Registration for Russian, Belarusian Athletes

Adds voice to call for an end to hostilities

The Board of Directors of the World Police and Fire Games Federation (WPFG), in consultation with its
future host organizing committees, has made the decision to pause its relationship with Russian and
Belarusian athletes and immediately suspend them from participation in its Games. This will extend to
athletes from any other country that chooses to join the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The World Police and Fire Games is a large, international multi-sport event held every two years that
showcases competitions for police, firefighters, and corrections and border services ocers from over
60 countries.


“In light of the current situation in Ukraine, the World Police and Fire Games Federation will pause our
relationship with Russian and Belarusian athletes by immediately suspending their participation in our
Games,” Federation president Larry Collins said. “We join other sport governing bodies and people from
around the globe by calling for an immediate cessation of this aggression and praying for those affected
by these violent actions being taken by Russia.”


The World Police and Fire Games will run from July 22 to July 31, 2022 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands,
and in Winnipeg, Canada from July 28 to August 6, 2023.


“Our board and staff are pleased to receive this guidance and direction from the WPFG Federation and
unanimously support its decision” says Chad Swayze, Chair of the Board of the WPFG 2023 Host Society
Inc. of Winnipeg. “Collectively, we condemn the violence, and express our deepest sympathies to the
victims. We hope that peace will prevail very soon.”

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