Lviv Sports

Lviv’s World Chess Champion Stands Up for Women’s Rights

Issue 108, January 2018.
Lviv’s world rapid and blitz chess champion Anna Muzychuk decided to forego her chance to repeat – and win the substantial payouts that come along with it – to protest that the event will be held in Saudi Arabia, a country notorious for it’s weak women’s rights standards. She says she has no interest in wearing the abaya (the long, loose-fitting dark robe Saudi women are made to wear), in being accompanied when outdoors, or to “altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature”.

Winter Fairytale 2017

Issue 108, January 2018.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sports Palace hosted the national Winter Fairytale 2017 artistic gymnastics tournament from 18-19 December. Nearly every region of Ukraine were among the 300 participants aged five and up, as well as athletes from Poland, Moldova, and Norway.

Athlete of the Month

Issue 108, January 2018.
Wrestler Tetyana Kit and cyclist Roman Gladysh won the final two Athlete of the Month awards in 2017 from the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine. Tetyana was named the November Athlete of the Month for winning a historic bronze medal in the U58 kg division at the under-23 world wrestling championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

2017 Ukrainian Boxing Championship

Issue 107, December 2017.
From the world heavyweight champion Klitschko brothers to Olympic champions Oleksandr Usyk and Volodymyr Lomachenko to Lviv’s-own former light welterweight world champion Andriy Kotelnyk, Ukrainians have a special place in their hearts reserved for their boxing heroes. It was with great excitement when over 200 boxers from across Ukraine gathered in the Western Ukrainian capital for the Ukrainian Boxing Championship on 13-19 November.

Lviv’s-own ‘Miss Model Beauty’

Issue 107, December 2017.
Ukraine’s team of 22 athletes took first place at the WABBA Mr/Ms Universe Championships in Budapest, Hungary on 18-19 November.

Lviv’s Halychanka Continue to Roll

Issue 107, December 2017.
Lviv’s world-class Halychanka ladies handball team knocked off Kherson’s Dnipryanka 27-22 and 28-14 over the 15-16 November weekend.

Barkom-Kazhany at CEV Volleyball Cup

Issue 107, December 2017.
Barkom-Kazhany LVIV started their journey in the 2018 edition of the CEV Volleyball Cup with a 3-1 home victory over Israel’s reigning national champions Maccabi TEL-AVIV (25-18, 25-27, 25-19, 25-16) to delight more than 1,000 fans in attendance at Galychyna sports hall on November 22.

Ukraine vs Slovakia – International Friendly Match

Issue 107, December 2017.
Unfortunately, neither Ukraine nor Slovakia will participate in FIFA 2018, World Cup as Ukraine finished third in Group I, behind group winners Iceland and second place Croatia, thus knocking them out of contention. Meanwhile, Slovakia finished in second place behind group winners England and overcame Scotland and Slovenia for the vital second place spot.

Lviv’s Athletes of the Month

Issue 107, December 2017.
The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine in Lviv awarded its Athlete of the Month awards to world-class pistol shooter Pavlo Korostylov for October and junior European champion triathlete Sophia Pryima for September. Korostylov, already awarded the June Athlete of the Month award, was recognised for winning silver in the 10m air pistol event at the prestigious ISSF World Cup in New Delhi, India. The 19-year-old student of the Lviv University of Physical Culture – and Armed Forces serviceman – equaled a world junior world record in the process.

Lviv’s Muzychuk Wins European Rapid Chess Championship

Issue 106, November 2017.
Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk, the reigning rapid & blitz chess world champion, bested 91 of the world’s top chess players to capture the 2017 Women’s European Rapid Chess Championship last month at Monaco’s fabulous Hotel Novotel.