Iron will and steel muscles: Invictus Games selection held in Kyiv (photo report)

Photos: Jovan / Hromadske



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Article by: Jovan

The final selection of the military team that will represent Ukraine at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada in September 23 to 30, 2017 was held last weekend in Kyiv.  
The Invictus Games is an international paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by Britain’s Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting voleyball, and indoor rowing. Named after Invictus, Latin for “unconquered” or “undefeated”, the event was inspired by the Warrior Games, a similar event held in the United States. The first Invictus Games took place in 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom.



In Kyiv, 114 athletes competed in six sporting events: track & field, indoor rowing, road cycling, powerlifting, swimming and archery.

The events were held in three locations: Atlet Sports Field, Trukhaniv Island and the Central Sports Stadium.

This is the first time that Ukraine will send a team to the Games. Ukrainian athletes will compete with other military teams from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, USA, Jordan, Iraq, Romania and the UK.






More than 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been wounded since Russia invaded the Donbas Region in Eastern Ukraine (April 6, 2014).




Today, the rehabilitation and integration of disabled and seriously injured soldiers are pressing social issues. The Invictius Games challenge the social stereotypes of war veterans with disabilities.








The Ukrainian team consists of 30 athletes (one woman). 15 will be active participants, and 15 will be in the reserve team:


Dmytro Afanasyev

Yaroslav Bolyukh

Pavlo Budayevsky

Yuriy Dmytrenko

Oleh Zimnikov

Oleksandr Zozuliak

Vladyslav Kuznyetsov

Serhiy Lukyanov

Artem Lukashuk

Pavlo Mamontov

Kateryna Mykhailova

Serhiy Molodid

Yevhen Oleksenko

Roman Panchenko

Vasyl Pashkevich


Oleksandr Pysarenko

Yuriy Pysarchuk

Valeriy Rak

Vadym Svyrydenko

Dmytro Sydoruk

Pavlo Stryuk

Oleksandr Tabanets

Yehor Terekhov

Pavlo Tykhonivsky

Oleksandr Tkachenko

Serhiy Torchynsky

Mykhailo Kholodnov

Oleksandr Chub

Viktor Shynkaruk

Volodymyr Yarokha



Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Source: Hromadske

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