Lviv Sports

Firefighting Championship

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv was host of the 30th international competition on fire-applied sport – in honour of the firefighting heroes of Chornobyl – from 24-26 May. The 3-day competition brought together 70 athletes from across Central Europe and Turkey, as well as top teams from the Volyn and Lviv oblasts, an all-Ukrainian team, the Lviv State University of Life Safety team, the Ukrainian National University of Civil Defence team, and a team from the Cherkasy Fire Safety Institute named after the Heroes of Chornobyl. The competition program featured events such as: climbing the hook ladder to the 4th floor window of a training tower, overcoming a 100-metre strip full of obstacles, a 4x100 metre fire relay race, and combat deployment.

May Athlete of the Month: Kateryna Kryva

Issue 102, June 2017.
Lviv’s Kateryna Kryva has put the entire karate world on notice that she intends to be on top of the podium when karate makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan in 2020. In Izmir, Turkey, at the first European Championships to be held under Olympic status, Kryva won gold in the kumite under-50kg event. The 25-year-old was simply brilliant on her way to becoming a double European champion as she helped Ukraine triumph in the team competition.

FC Karpaty Lviv

Issue 102, June 2017.
A trying season for Lviv’s Karpaty FC came to a merciful end last month as the team narrowly avoided relegation. The team sat in last place in the 12-team league for the first 20 weeks of the 32-week season and was the final team to secure a spot in the Premiere League next season. Karpaty had to fight uphill all year after being docked six points for debts to former midfielder Semir Stilic.

National Cross-Country Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s legendary Mayorivka racetrack hosted a series of motocross competition as part of the first stage of the National Cross-Country Championship on 30 April. Formerly renowned as one of Europe’s most difficult tracks, Mayorivka was reopened just last year after sitting quiet for nearly 20 years by the motorcycle enthusiasts of Lviv’s ‘Drive’ club!

Lviv sees silver at National Volleyball Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Barcom-Kazhany volleyball team finished second at the National Volleyball Championship. The home squad fell in the dramatic and emotional final to Kharkiv’s Lokomotyv in four sets (22:25, 25:20, 28:26, 26:24).

Lviv’s Halychanka Ukrainian Handball Champs

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team capped off another remarkable season this month by defeating Kherson’s Dnipryanka and Uzhhorod’s Karpaty. Their superior play easily allowed the ladies to capture the Ukrainian Super League Championship.

The Gorgany Half Marathon

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv’s Gorgany Half Marathon, one of the city’s leading spring sports events, attracted some of the finest professional and amateur athletes from across Western Ukraine and – as it turned out this year – from Europe, North America, and even Asia, to the Western Ukrainian capital on April 23. Over 500 runners ran in either the 21 km or 4 km races.

Speedway Championship

Issue 101, May 2017.
The first stage of the 2017 Open Individual Speedway National Championship started on April 18th in Chervonohrad. The event drew some of the fastest drivers from Ukraine alongside their Polish, Italian, and Argentinian competitors.

Anastasia Wozniak – April’s Athlete of the Month

Issue 101, May 2017.
Leopolitan Anastasia Wozniak was awarded Lviv’s Athlete of the Month for April based on her performance as part of the Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastic team at the World Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last month.

Home is Where the Hockey Is

Issue 100, April 2017.
Hockey events always draw the best fans. Maybe you’ll meet a ‘super fan’, ringing a cowbell or beating a drum with their face-painted and wearing a ridiculous national-themed costume. But if you’re really lucky – you’ll get to meet Scott McKenzie – the Canadian nomad that is making his case to be the sport’s purest – and most well-traveled – fan.