WBF Management Committee Decision
The WBF Management Committee, with all its members present, met via zoom on Wednesday 2 March to discuss how the war promoted by Russia with the support of Belarus is impacting the World 2021 Bridge Team Championship to be held in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, from 27th March to 9th April 2022 and the wider Bridge Movement.
The WBF Management Committee unanimously expressed its concerns and sympathy for Ukrainian bridge players and citizens alike. It was also united in its strong condemnation of the governments of Russia and Belarus for the treacherous attack on Ukraine and the unacceptable invasion of its national territory.
In accordance with the resolution of the IOC, the Management Committee unanimously decided to not allow the Russian National Teams to participate in the World 2021 World Bridge Teams Championship to be held in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy. from 27th March to 9th April 2022.
The Committee was also united in stating that this resolution has to be seen as a consequence of the despicable invasion of Ukraine by Russia, expressing its great regret towards the Russian bridge players community and the athletes who cannot attend the event.