FIM SPEEDWAY STANDS WITH UKRAINE IN WARSAW

PAUL BURBIDGE
Speedway fans in Warsaw delivered a glorious display of solidarity with their Ukrainian neighbours as tifos of the Polish and Ukrainian flags flew side-by-side in the PGE Narodowy stands this evening. 
The tifos were unveiled ahead of the Orlen FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw as a crowd of over 50,000 fans joined the FIM Speedway family in calling for peace and standing with Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
In a unique gesture to support their speedway neighbours, Polish bosses also invited Ukrainian international Vitalii Lysak to serve as second track reserve for tonight’s event. He lines up at No.18 as he hopes to become only the second Ukrainian after 2021 first reserve Aleksandr Loktaev to appear in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
Over 100 Ukrainian children were also treated to a day to remember at PGE Narodowy as they received free tickets to the event, along with the chance to tour the Speedway GP pits and meet the riders.
François Ribeiro, head of Discovery Sports Events, said: “FIM Speedway stands for peace and we were delighted to welcome our Ukrainian visitors to PGE Narodowy. Ukraine remains very much part of the FIM Speedway family and hopefully our Ukrainian guests were able to take comfort from their experience tonight at this very difficult time.
“It was wonderful to see the Polish and Ukrainian flags flying together at PGE Narodowy today and the support the Polish people and other nations have offered those fleeing war in Ukraine has been truly heart-warming.
“We thank everyone who held up the tifo in support of these neighbouring speedway nations.”

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