Lviv Sports

The (Carpathian) Mountain Miracle

Issue 130, January 2020.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the biggest sporting achievement in Lviv’s history – the run to the USSR Cup championship by Karpaty Lviv! Lviv Today looks back on the accomplishment and what it meant for the Western Ukrainian capital.

Leopolitan Wins World Silver in Women’s Blitz Chess

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk took home the silver at the recent King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championship in Moscow. One of the most exciting events of the year as it attracts nearly all of the world’s top players, Muzychuk took claimed runner-up honours after posting 12.5 points in 17 games.

Halyna Melnyk – December’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Halyna Melnyk was named December’s Athlete of the Month for her outstanding performance at the Karate1 Premiere League tournament held in Madrid, Spain last month. Halyna took bronze in the women’s Kumite 68 kg event – her fourth medal of 2019!

Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany Keeps Rolling

Issue 130, January 2020.
Lviv’s Barkom-Kazhany volleyball team crushed Kharkiv’s Lokomotiv 3-0 twice at home in the 8th round of Ukraine’s Volleyball Super League last month. Sitting atop the standings with 43 points, the team next host’s MHP-Vinnytsia in the 10th round on 24 and 25 January.

Leopolitan Wins WBC Muay Thai World Featherweight Championship

Issue 130, January 2020.
Olena “The Hunter” Ovchynnikova – a Leopolitan featherweight kickboxer and flyweight mixed martial artist – captured the World Boxing Council Muay Thai featherweight world title at the Lviv Open Cup in Lviv on 7 December by beating Cindy “The French Cyborg” Silvestre – one of Europe’s most illustrious fighters.

Ukraine’s Euro 2020 challenge Can Shevchenko the manager match Shevchenko the player?

Issue 130, January 2020.
Ukrainian national team coach Andriy Shevchenko has silenced his critics by leading Ukraine to next summer’s European championships in style and ending the calendar year unbeaten for the first time in the country’s footballing history. Can the former Milan and Dynamo Kyiv superstar now make his mark at Euro 2020 and prove he has what it takes to succeed as a manager at the highest level?

Ukraine to Play in Netherlands, Romania in EURO 2020

Issue 129, December 2019.
Ukraine capped its sterling EURO 2020 qualifying run with an undefeated record after Artem Beseydin’s electrifying injury-time equaliser in its final match in Serbia. As one of only four nations to not drop a match during the entire tournament, Ukraine earned a seed in the top draw group and was drawn into Group C alongside the Netherlands and Austria The fourth team will be decided after the spring playoffs.

Leopolitan Wins Prestigious Chess Tournament

Issue 129, December 2019.
The famed Tournament of Peace chess competition was held in the legendary Zagreb Palace Hotel from 19-30 November. The tournament has a rich history, with its earliest tournaments in the ‘60s and ‘70s drawing some of the game’s biggest names, including Bobby Fischer.

National Indoor Archery Championships

Issue 129, December 2019.
The Lviv Ministry of Defense’s SKA Summer Sports Base welcomed over 200 athletes from 12 regions to the National Indoor Archery Championships in Lviv last month.

‘Titles’ Dance Championship

Issue 129, December 2019.
Lviv’s Gratsiya Sport Complex welcomed nearly 400 dancers last month when it hosted the Titles Dance Championship. Couples from across Ukraine and all over Europe were in the city to compete in various categories at this spectacular celebration of dance.