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Sport Ireland Encourages Sports Bodies to Welcome Ukrainian Refugees into Sporting Community

14 Mar 2022
David Gash
International, Local, National

The ongoing situation in Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion is causing untold damage and devastation to all facets of society.

An appalling human tragedy is unfolding before our very eyes; a tragedy that is difficult to comprehend and one that will have grave and lasting consequences long into the future.

Sport Ireland stands with the Government and the people of Ireland in welcoming to Ireland all of Ukrainians fleeing the terrible situation in their home country. As Ukrainian refugees begin to arrive, Sport Ireland is encouraging all National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships to extend a warm Irish welcome to these people, demonstrating the famous Irish hospitality and facilitate their integration into Irish society. The hope is that collectively we might be able to provide a semblance of normality and hope to those displaced, in the face of difficulty we can’t even begin to imagine.

Jack Chambers, T.D., Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, has joined with 37 other Sports Ministers from across the EU, North America and Australasia in condemning the actions of both Russia and Belarus. Sport Ireland mirrors these sentiments, and is unequivocal in its position on the exclusion of both Russia and Belarus - including those representing bodies, cities or brands that are effectively representing Russia or Belarus - from any and all international sports. In this regard we encourage all of Ireland’s National Governing Bodies to take a firm position and encourage their international federations to condemn the invasion and ban Russian and Belarussian athletes from their events and competitions, including the removal of the opportunity for Russia and Belarus host, bid for or be awarded any international sporting events.

Furthermore, Sport Ireland strongly condemns any display of support for the invasion by any athlete, regardless of their nationality.

Ireland stands with Ukraine in this time of extreme difficulty. To the people of Ukraine – should you find yourself in Ireland, this proud sporting nation stands ready to support and welcome another proud sporting nation.


Irish NGOs are providing support to people fleeing the war in Ukraine. People in Ireland have once again shown remarkable generosity & solidarity in the face of appalling suffering. See more information from Dóchas here: https://www.dochas.ie/whats-new/ukraine-how-you-can-help/