Official statement by the World Police & Fire Games Rotterdam 2022 regarding Russia and Belarus

The WPFG Rotterdam 2022 is deeply touched by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and stand by the people, public safety officials and athletes of Ukraine in this time of extreme insecurity.

In consultation with the World Police and Fire Games Federation and with the future Host Cities, the Board and the Executive team of the World Police and Fire Games Rotterdam 2022 have today decided – supporting the international decisions - to proceed with an economic and sporting boycott of Russian and Belarusian teams and individual competitors.

The World Police and Fire Games 2022 - which will be held in Rotterdam from 22-31 July 2022 - will use sport as a means of establishing encounters between first responders. In addition, the aim is to stimulate sportsmanship and to generate respect for all those emergency workers who are ready for us day and night.

Hence the motto of the WPFG2022: IN SPORT WE UNITE

We sincerely hope that international peace will not be further jeopardized and that the situation in Ukraine will soon normalize.

Best Regards,
Jos van der Vegt
President WPFG2022