BREAKING: The World Games bans Russian and Belarusian Athletes and Officials from Competition

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The World Games Are Coming sign at Crossplex.(Pat Byington/Bham Now)

In keeping with the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board recommendation, the Board of Directors of The World Games 2022 Birmingham Organizing Committee voted to ban athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus from participating in The World Games 2022 in Birmingham this July.

The World Games 2022, which takes place from July 7-17, is organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee.

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World Games Facebook graphic posted February 28, 2022.

The World Games 2022 CEO Nick Sellers and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will deliver remarks on this decision at the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham’s weekly meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 12PM at the Harbert Center, 2019 4th Avenue North.

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Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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