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December 29, 2011

Million Dollar Baby: Ukrainian Basketballer Gets Another NBA Gig

A Ukrainian basketball player Kyrylo Fesenko, 25, has agreed to a year-long deal with NBA’s Golden State Warriors. The California based team signed the athlete for a 1.07 million gig, reports SI.com.

December 29, 2011

EURO 2012: Ukrainian Climbers to Play Football on Mount Everest

A team of Ukrainian climbers announced their plans to celebrate the upcoming European Football Championship EURO 2012 with a football game on the world’s highest mountain – Tibet’s Chomolungma (translated as Holy Mother).

December 23, 2011

EURO 2012: Ukraine Releases New Comprehensive Guide for Drivers

A new specialized tour guide for tourists coming to visit Ukraine during the European Football Championship EURO 2012 is out. The new publication will allow EURO fans have all the most up to date information about Ukrainian roads at hand.

December 13, 2011

Ukrainian Swimmers Win Four Medals at European Championship in Poland

Ukrainian athletes brought home three golden and one bronze medal from the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Szczecin, Poland. Two out of four medals were taken by the female swimmer Daryna Zevina.

December 9, 2011

Kyiv’s EURO 2012 Fan Zone to Hold 70,000 Strong Crowd

“Kyiv’s EURO 2012 fan zone will not only be the largest in the country but also in Europe,” stated the deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration Anatoliy Holubchenko. Located in the very heart of Kyiv, the zone will allow football fans to watch matches and participate in the entertainment program between noon and midnight.

December 8, 2011

Danish Head Football Coach: Ukraine Has Excellent Training Bases

Ukraine offered excellent training camps for national teams participating in the EURO 2012 European football championship, stated the head coach of the Danish national team Morten Olsen. In the recent days Olsen together with the representatives of the Danish Football Union have been inspecting sports infrastructure in Ukraine.

December 8, 2011

Andriy Pushkar Becomes 11 Time World Armwrestling Champion

A 26 year old Ukrainian armwrestler won his 11th title at the XXXIII World Armwrestling Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The winning Ukrainian sportsman Andriy Pushkar wrestled in the 110+ kg category and won gold medals for both left- and right-hand fights. Five other athletes from Ukraine also occupied top spots in the tournament in Kazakhstan.

December 7, 2011

Ukraine Inspired by Upcoming EURO 2012 Football Championship

Step by step Ukraine gets closer to an unprecedented event in its sport and cultural life. European Football Championship EURO 2012 will be here in less than seven months. As a co-host of the championship, Ukraine has selected four cities with more than adequate arenas, to invite these renowned football teams and their fans.

November 30, 2011

CNN Reporter Completes 16-Hour Trip Around Ukrainian EURO-2012 Host Cities

The celebrity sports anchor for CNN International Pedro Pinto held a press conference in Kyiv today to discuss his tour around Ukraine. On November 29, 2011, Pinto together with the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Borys Kolesnikov visited all four Ukrainian cities that will host the European Football Championship EURO-2012. “It’s been a fantastic experience,” opened the press-conference the CNN journalist.

November 28, 2011

Ukrainian Kickboxers Win 10 Medals at WAKO World Championships

Ukrainian national team won 10 medals at WAKO World Championships 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. Ukrainian Kostiantyn Demoretskyy (63.5 kilograms, approx. 140 pounds, Full Contact) brought home gold medal.

November 22, 2011

Ukrainian Svystunov Sets New World Record in Powerlifting

Ukrainian athlete from Berdiansk Volodymyr Svystunov set a new world record in powerlifting. Svystunov, 24, lifted 1,132.5 kilograms (2 496.7 lbs) at the world championship in Czech Republic.

November 21, 2011

Ukrainian Tennis Players Win ITF Tournaments

Lesya Tsurenko, 22, and Maryna Zanevska, 18, won ITF competitions that took place last week in Slovakia and France. Both tennis players won money prizes and advanced in their professional careers. The victory of Lesya Tsurenko allows her to participate in the Australian Open Tennis Championships 2011 along with 10 other Ukrainian tennis players.

November 21, 2011

Ukrainian Boxer Fedchenko to Bid for WBO Title

This weekend Sergiy Fedchenko won a fight against Willy Blain, France. The victory allows Ukrainian boxer to compete for the title of WBO World Light Welterweight Champion next year.

October 31, 2011

Ukrainian Team Wins Three Golds in the World Kickboxing Championships

Ukrainian kickboxers Bezverkhyi, Kirpan, and Solovey won gold medals at the WAKO World Kickboxing ChampionshipsK1, LK, LC, LK 2011 in Skopje, Macedonia. The Ukrainian team claimed the total of 8 awards in the competition between 823 kickboxers from 54 countries.

October 30, 2011

Lviv Arena Opening Give New Perspective for Western Ukraine

With the roar of the crowd and the explosions of confetti, the new soccer stadium of western Ukraine, made to host Euro 2012, was opened.

October 10, 2011

Ukraine Sets World Record at AIBA Boxing Championship

Ukrainian boxers won four gold medals and one silver at the AIBA World Boxing Championships setting the world record in the number of the awards received at the tournament. “This is a fantastic result for Ukraine. Our team confirmed the notion of Ukraine being the strongest country in the world in terms of boxing,” commented the Vice President of the Ukrainian Boxing Federation Igor Gaidamak.

October 4, 2011

Ukrainian Junior Tennis Players Win European Championship

A Ukrainian team of junior tennis players under 18 won gold at the Summer European Tennis Championship that ended in Lleida, Spain, this weekend. Ukraine has won the Reina/Soisbault Cup for the second time in three years.

September 27, 2011

Platini: Ukraine is EURO-ready

UEFA President Michel Platini has revised the progress of Ukraine in its preparations for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship and concluded that everything is ready.“We expect to see a very beautiful Euro here in Ukraine,” Platini told reporters after touring the four Ukrainian cities that will host the tournament along with four cities in neighboring Poland.

September 19, 2011

Ukrainian Professional Yacht Race Sets Sail at the Kyiv Sea

The 5th season of yacht competition among professionals Wind Master Regatta took place at the Kyiv Sea this weekend. The competition featured many famous yacht-sportsmen including the three-times Olympic champion at three different yacht categories Valentin Mankin.

September 16, 2011

Ukraine’s Wrestler Becomes World Champion

Ukrainian female wrestler Hanna Vasylenko won golden medal in 2011 Senior World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. Vasylenko defeated Sweden’s wrestler in the weight category under 59 kilograms (approx. 130 pounds).

September 6, 2011

Ukrainian Men’s Team Wins Junior World Championship in Beach Volleyball

Ukrainian men’s team won the 11th annual double-gender FIVB Swatch Junior World Championships over the weekend in Halifax, Canada. 59 teams from 24 countries competed in the Championships. Scoring high in all seven matches, Ukrainians Sergiy Popov and Valeriy Samoday won gold, beating the Polish duo Kantor/Losiak in the final set.

September 5, 2011

Extreme Sports: South Ukrainian Yalta Hosts World Cliff Diving Finals

The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 finished the season in Southern Ukrainian resort city of Yalta over the weekend. 15 thousand guests witnessed the final seventh leg of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 competition. The event culminated in crowning Gary Hunt, the UK, as the champion of the 2011 season.

September 2, 2011

Ukraine Wins Gold in Triple Jump at 2011 World Championships in Athletics

Ukrainian Olha Saladuha became gold medalist in the 13th World Championships in Athletics, held in Daegu, South Korea. Saladuha won the finals in the triple jump competition among females and became the world champion.

August 26, 2011

Three Ukrainian Soccer Clubs Go into Europa League Group Stage

Dynamo (Kyiv), Metalist (Kharkiv), and Vorskla (Poltava) won Thursday’s second legs of UEFA Europa League play-offs. Vorskla became the first Ukrainian team to make it to the group stage in the season of 2011-2012.

August 17, 2011

Ukrainian Team Wins Women Cadet European Wrestling Championship

National Ukrainian women cadet wrestling team topped the Cadet European Wrestling Championship by the number of acquired medals. The tournament was held in Warsaw, Poland, on 9-14 August.

August 8, 2011

Teen Ukrainian Tennis Player Wins International Tennis Federation Tournament in Moscow

Valentyna Ivakhnenko, 18, won the International Tennis Federation tournament held in Moscow on August 1-7, 2011. Her victory became a significant achievement for Ivakhnenko securing her a spot in the TOP 300 tennis players in the world according to the WTA rating.

August 1, 2011

Powerboat Competition Formula F1H20 Carves Ukrainian Waters at the Kyiv Sea for the First Time

Over the weekend F1 H2O World Championship for power boating was held in Ukraine for the first time. The event lasted for the three sunny days at the Kyiv Sea and gathered about 60 000 visitors. The teams from China, Italy, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. tested Ukrainian waters for the first time in the history of power boating sport.

July 21, 2011

Ukraine to Host 32nd World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Ukraine will host the 32nd World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in 2013. The respective agreement has been signed between the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and the Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland. The official FIG statement explains that Ukraine deserves the honor of hosting this major sports event being “a country that boasts such a rich Gymnastics tradition and has long been one of Rhythmic Gymnastics’ leading lights”.

July 18, 2011

Ukrainian Fencing Team Wins Top Prizes at the European Championship

Olympic Champions Olga Harlan and Halyna Pundyk win two medals — gold and bronze respectively — at the European Senior Fencing Championships in Sheffield, the UK. As the result of her victory Olga Harlan is titled the reigning Champion of Europe.

July 11, 2011

Ukrainian Paralympic Swim Team Ranked Number One in the European Championships

Holding the top position since the very start of the Berlin 2011 International Paralympic Committee Swimming European Championships, the Ukrainian national team became a winner with an overall result of 105 awards total, including 41 gold, 37 silver, and 27 bronze medals. Followed by the UK with 27 gold medals and the cumulative score of 83 awards, the Ukrainian team has become a confident leader of the competition.

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