Ironman has issued a “statement of solidarity with Ukraine” – it has cancelled Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg and has banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from competing at its world championship events in 2022.
This is “in line with the recommendation by the International Olympic Committee and World Triathlon regarding the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competition,” Ironman says.
The company has cancelled the 2022 Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg event scheduled for July 17. Russian and Belarusian professional athletes are banned from all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races, while age group athletes from those countries will not be allowed to compete at the Ironman World Championship events in St. George or Hawaii, or the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George. Age group athletes from Russia and Belarusian will be allowed to compete at Ironman’s non-world championship events, but will not be allowed to represent Russia or Belarus.
Ironman says it will also be assisting Ukrainian athletes registered for its events this year.
Here’s the full statement from Ironman:
The IRONMAN Group stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, our athletes and their community, and condemns the actions dictated by Russian leadership during this deeply troubling international crisis.
The 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 St. Petersburg triathlon scheduled to take place on July 17 will be cancelled and registered athletes will receive further email communication.
In line with the recommendation by the International Olympic Committee and World Triathlon regarding the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in international competition, The IRONMAN Group, effective immediately, will disallow participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah and our two IRONMAN World Championship events taking place in St. George, Utah and Kona, Hawai’i.
Furthermore, all Russian and Belarusian professional athletes will be ineligible to race at any 2022 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon events, including this weekend’s IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai triathlon. No age group participants will be allowed to compete under the Russian or Belarusian flag at any IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 events in 2022.
While we recognize the difficult situation created for Russian and Belarusian athletes by these steps, we believe these are necessary to protect the integrity of our events.
Additionally, we understand that the current situation will be extremely challenging and worrying for athletes residing in Ukraine to compete in any 2022 IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 events and are offering our assistance for those athletes. Ukrainian athletes registered for an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon will receive further communication with options available to them.