Written By Rhea Koivu
Ottawa, ON (March 1, 2022) - Canoe Kayak Canada and the Canoe '22 Society, hosts of the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships, supports the decision of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) to suspend all Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials.
We join our partners at the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee in strongly condemning the war of aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine by the Russian government, currently being supported by the Belarusian Government.
We add our voice to calls for peace and the immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people as well as with the communities of athletes, coaches, and staff who may have friends or family affected by these horrific events.