IWAS Statement – Russia and Belarus


On the 7th March 2022, the IWAS Executive Board regrettably took the decision to disallow the invitation or participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials at all IWAS events, including IWAS Wheelchair Fencing events, until further notice.

IWAS has observed the ongoing and escalating situation in Ukraine with deep concern and as an athlete-focussed organisation, listened carefully to the feedback provided by our

The IWAS Executive Board also considered recommendations from the IWAS Wheelchair
Fencing Athlete’s Commission and Executive Committee in the decision-making process.
IWAS stands in solidarity with all athletes and officials affected by the invasion of Ukraine
and joins the Paralympic Movement and global sports community in its call for the restoration
of peace.

A further review will be held at the next IWAS Executive Board meeting on 6th May 2022.


8th March 2022