Tickets and Merchandise Purchased for The World Games 2022 Will Result in Contribution to Ukraine Athletes
TWG 2022 Partners with the IWGA and the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity Fund
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., USA – Beginning April 1, every ticket purchased to The World Games 2022 will result in a $1 contribution to support athletes in Ukraine.
The $1 contribution will also be made every time The World Games 2022 merchandise is bought.
“We are proud to join our partners at the International World Games Association in this effort to help Ukrainian athletes, many of whom are defending their country at this very moment,” The World Games 2022 CEO Nick Sellers said.
The funds will be contributed to the Sports Committee of Ukraine, the official organization of more than 60 non-Olympic sports federations in the war-torn country.
“We will partner with the IWGA to make this contribution through Olympic Solidarity, a fund of the International Olympic Committee, to ensure safe handling,” Sellers added.
One of the Ukrainian athletes defending his country is Stanislav Horuna, the captain of Ukraine’s national karate team who was preparing to compete in The World Games 2022 when the war started. According to an interview he gave a Polish newspaper earlier this month, he still plans to compete in Birmingham.
The President of the Sports Committee of Ukraine, Illia Shevliak, wrote in a letter to the IWGA that “a lot of Ukrainian sportsmen, including those who are qualified for The World Games 2022, are either taking up arms and defending their country or volunteering to help the Armed Forces and people in need. With grief and pain, we note that some of them have been murdered because of military operations or brutal bombing of the civil population.”
103 Ukrainian athletes have qualified to compete in The World Games 2022, which will be held July 7-17 in Birmingham.
José Perurena, President of the IWGA, said, “The IWGA will do everything possible to help Ukrainian athletes and officials to participate, despite all the difficulties they are facing.”
About The World Games 2022
The World Games 2022 Birmingham is the new generation of global sport competition, welcoming elite athletes from all over the world to compete for gold in 34 unique, multi-disciplinary sports. Featuring 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries, the international event will unite global fans with the Birmingham community in 25+ venues around the greater metropolitan area. The World Games 2022 Birmingham, which marks the 40th anniversary of the event, will take place from July 7-17, 2022 and will generate an estimated $256 million in economic impact. The World Games was established by the International World Games Association, an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The World Games 2022 is organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee. For more information visit TWG2022.com or find us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.