In August 2020, the world watched in horror as protests were held in Belarus over election fraud and the violent dispersal of a peaceful protest. Belarusian athletes, who became one of the leaders of the struggle against violence, showed an inspiring example of resilience and solidarity at that time. Despite the regime's brutal response, these athletes — including Olympians, world and European champions — were imprisoned on trumped-up charges.
According to the Human Rights Center Viasna, 15 people from the sports sphere are now in detention. These are athletes, coaches, as well as sports journalists and bloggers, who risked their freedom, career and health. That is why it is more important than ever for the global sports community to unite and support their families, because they are the ones who now bear the burden of providing their relatives behind bars with everything they need.
This charity collection is organized by the efforts of three organizations: Belarus Sport Solidarity Fund, BYSOL Foundation and Human Rights Center Viasna, which provides comprehensive assistance to victims of political repression in Belarus and abroad.
Let's unite and support the politically imprisoned athletes in this difficult time. This way we will demonstrate our solidarity as an international sports family and help those who have chosen honesty and integrity.
Remember, every donation, even a small one, will be part of a bigger help to those who suffer for their beliefs. Together, let's support our athletes and their families!