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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have announced that they will not be hosting Russian or Belarusian affiliated teams for this year’s regatta, amid the crisis in Ukraine.
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is an international sailing event that, for over 40 years, has welcomed sailors from all nations to share in friendly competition and celebration of the inclusivity of sport.
Due to the recent developments in Ukraine and hostilities on behalf of the Russian government, the regatta has stated they cannot maintain the friendliness between all competitors without suspending the participation of teams registered as Russian and Belarusian.
The statement also reads, “While we wish that sailing could be free from politics and we can all race together on the water, the current situation and feelings of the sailing community at large makes this impossible.”
The decision has not intended to punish or ostracise any individuals, but rather uphold the integrity of all competitors and the event as a whole. The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is standing in unison with the international sailing community and recommendations as per the official statements released by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Sailing.
The regatta organisers have expressed their hopes that by the 43rd edition of the event, the international situation will be positively resolved and they can once again welcome teams from all nations to sail together in peace.
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