Update to the International Ice Swimming Association Policy - IISA Moves to a Total Ban

Update to the International Ice Swimming Association Policy – IISA Moves to a Total Ban

The initial policy on the events and impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was posted by the Ice Swimming Association was posted here.

The IISA updated its policy today with the following announcement:

Events in Ukraine are developing at a fast pace. We received numerous feedback from our swimmers around the world including Russian and Belarusian swimmers. We are aware that there is a vast amount of misinformation out there, and some may not be privy to the actual reality on the ground, which is heartbreaking.

As a sport, we are always against politicising our passion. We swim for challenges, our health and excellence; however, Ice Swimming has always been a team sport where its most important element is to take care of each other’s safety and wellbeing. Without this, our sport cannot exist.

The recent developments in Ukraine are becoming a massive humanitarian crisis.

Therefore, IISA has moved to impose a Total Ban on any of its Russian and Belarusian ice swimmers from participating in any IISA events or swims around the world.

IISA pleads our Russian and Belarusian swimmers, to stand up for our sport, its values, and the principles on which we built it.

For safety and integrity in the ICE.

Be safe and see you in the ICE soon.

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