Special Olympics the World Winter Games in Kazan, Russia, have been postponed to January 2023 due to the global pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of athletes, volunteers, staff, and fans.
Special Olympics and the Local Organizing Committee in Kazan explored many possible solutions and consulted extensively with local Special Olympics Programs, athlete leaders, members of the Board of Directors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other subject matter experts to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
Due to the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading across the globe, many Special Olympics delegations are hesitant or unable to travel internationally.
Postponing World Winter Games Kazan to 2023 helps ensure athletes will have the opportunity to participate, high quality competitions, and plenty of cultural activities and other immersive programming.
Waiting one year to hold the Games bolsters the goal of inspiring inclusion in Russia and around the world.
Special Olympics is committed to continue working with the established team to hold the World Winter Games Kazan 2022 in January of 2023.