Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Veterans are the Stars at the Games of Heroes

The Game of Heroes is a rehabilitation for war veterans
Veterans are the Stars at the Games of Heroes
The Games of Heroes lets amputee veterans participate in competitive Crossfit events. The program pushes the participants to their limits; and yet, the veterans are unrelenting in their determination.

Yevheniy Koval organized The Games of Heroes a year ago. He envisioned a project that would let amputee veterans participate in competitive Crossfit events.

“Game of Heroes is a project. This project is rehabilitation for adaptive sportsmen, adaptive people, adaptive soldiers who have been disabled in the war,” says Yevheniy Koval, Leader of Games of Heroes Project.

The Games of Heroes involves multiple events, including kettlebell lifting, rowing, and gymnastics. The program pushes the participants to their limits; and yet, the veterans are unrelenting in their determination.

“Crossfit is, like, many healthy people say that this is only for insane people, in the good sense of the word, because it is a multi-sports approach. We have to decide what they can do right on the spot, to decide how to decrease the amplitude or things like that. It’s also difficult for us because an ordinary sportsman must be encouraged, motivation must be created, these guys have insane motivation, they, on the other hand, must be held back or stopped,” tells Valentin Lytvynchuk, Crossfit Trainer.

23-year-old Yuri was a fresh college graduate in Poltava when the war in eastern Ukraine began in 2014. His story — the reason he volunteered to fight — is common enough: love for his country and a belief in its sovereignty. In 2016, he lost his left leg to a land mine, but not his spirit to fight. He just changed his focus:

“I started training when I was in hospital. It was about a year ago. It was my rehabilitation. I noticed that I became stronger after training. I can run, walk, jump. So I do sports 4 or 5 times a week.”

He’s one of many veterans with the same spirit. Last year, there were 5 games in cities across Ukraine with almost 80 competitors. A group will now travel to Brussels to present to the NATO delegates.

“The purpose of our visit is, as I see it, all the same: to remind the world and the NATO bloc that there is a war in Ukraine. The second is that there are consequences to this war. There are young wounded guys. And, the third, is that this is a courageous nation that not only hasn’t been broken, but also still struggles and fights at the same level as people without disabilities,” explains Volodymyr Bulba, Adviser to Ministry of Ukraine Youth and Sports.

Now, Games of Heroes is only held in Georgia, Australia, and Ukraine. Yevheniy hopes to change that. And soon.

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Stay informed with Kompreno.
    • Get quality journalism from across Europe.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts