November 18, 2022 (Whitehorse, YT) The Arctic Winter Games International Committee
revokes Policy on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines.
Effective immediately, the Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC) has
revoked its Policy on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines to align with current public health
advice. This means that the AWGIC will no longer require participating athletes,
coaches, managers, mission staff, and others to be fully vaccinated to be part of the
Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games.
“The AWGIC does support any jurisdiction who wishes to enforce its own requirements,
including other health measures related to COVID-19”, states John Rodda, AWGIC
President “We would respect the autonomy of this as a team decision.”
The AWGIC recognizes that public health circumstances have evolved and that COVID-19
and other respiratory illnesses are still impacting the public and that all persons need to
remain vigilant to limit possible spread. As such, the AWGIC is working closely with the
Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society to encourage adoption of the
recommended health measures at the time of these Games including masking, hand
sanitization and other actions that can help mitigate the effects of these diseases.
About the Arctic Winter Games International Committee
The Arctic Winter Games International Committee is the rightsholder, and responsible
for the long-term stewardship and management, of the Arctic Winter Games, a biennial
premier circumpolar sport and cultural event for youth.
Ms Moira Lassen, Operations Coordinator