Swimming Canada pulls out of world short course championships in Russia
OTTAWA – Due to the acts of aggression being perpetrated by Russia against Ukraine, Swimming Canada will not send a team to the 2022 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), scheduled for Kazan, Russia, this December. Swimming Canada supports sanctions against Russia and Belarus, including barring both countries from competition, and supports President Vladimir Putin being stripped of the FINA Order award. Swimming Canada, in solidarity with our global partners in sport, denounces Russia’s attack on Ukraine, and will not attend any further events in Russia or Belarus until a peaceful resolution is reached. The organization is also reviewing all upcoming events in Canada. Swimming Canada stands with its sport partners such as the Canadian Olympic Committee, which has condemned Russia’s breach of the Olympic Truce. Senior team athletes and key partners were notified Monday on an internal Zoom call, that Canada would not send teams to Russia or Belarus. Swimming Canada will work with the Government of Canada and its various sport partners to evaluate all scheduled events and potentially scheduled events. Swimming Canada stands with the people of Ukraine and calls for an immediate end to this unnecessary attack. The organization hopes for a quick and peaceful resolution and offers support to the Ukraine Swimming Federation.