June 9, Games of Heroes, the competition among disabled Ukrainian ATO veterans, who were injured during the war in the east of Ukraine, and a charity concert took place on Maidan Svobody in Kharkiv.
A total of 16 former soldiers took part in the qualifying round of Games of Heroes, which was held in Ukraine for the third time. The athletes came from Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Lviv and Mykolaiv to take part in the CrossFit – dynamic power exercises – competition and as they say to “meet their brothers in arms.”
The event started with the Paralympic basketball team game.
Then followed the amateur athletes, who demonstrated their skills to the public for the first time. After that, the pros came out.
One of the project’s initiator, Yevhen Koval reports that three winners were named in the three categories – professionals, amateurs and wheelchair amateurs. They were Roman Lyndov, Kapiton Lee and Serhiy Pryadka, who received a monetary reward of $100 each.
Koval notes that this year two of the Games’ professionals entered the top five of the world’s strongest athletes. They will soon fly to Canada to take part in the competitions as Ukraine’s representatives.
After the event, a charity concert was held to support 7-year-old Klym Klymenko, who was injured as a result of the pro-Russian militants’ shelling in Kramatorsk in 2015. His mother was killed, having protected him with her own body. Currently, Klym has already been operated on several times and has an orthosis on one of his legs. Over 14,000 UAH was raised for his further treatment in Germany.
The finals of Games of Heroes will be held on September 9 in Kyiv.
Text: Olena Sokolynska