Lviv Sports

Double Gold for Ukraine at FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships

Issue 97, January 2017.
Ukraine won both the men’s and women’s gold medals at the FIDE World Rapid Chess Championships in Doha, Qatar as both Vasyl Ivanchuk of Ternopil region and Lviv’s very-own Anna Muzychuk walked away on top after 3 days of play. The 26-year-old Muzychuk had an even finer weekend, retaining the World Blitz title that she won two years ago in Khanty-Mansiysk, while adding the World Rapid title to her already impressive resume. Anna is the older sister of former FIDE World Chess Champion MariyaMuzychuk, also of Lviv.

Lviv DanceSport Open Cup Championships

Issue 96, December 2016.
The Lviv DanceSport Open Cup Championships, organised by Lviv’s ‘Aelita’ dance club and the Ukrainian Sport Dance Association, were held at Lviv’s Gratsya Sport Complex at the Pivdenny mall on November 19-20.

Red Hot Shakhtar Caps Undefeated 2016 at Arena Lviv

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s adopted football stars Shakhtar Donetsk continued their magical Europa League play in 2016 with another victory at the city’s sparkling Arena Lviv. Having already secured qualification to the Europa League playoff round, the Miners still came out to convincingly discard Turkish side Konyaspor 4:0 in front of over 10,000 fans on November 24th.

Extreme Moto at Mayorivka

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s legendary Mayorivka racetrack played host to a series of motocross competitions on November 20th. Formerly renowned as one of Europe’s most difficult tracks, Mayorivka was recently reopened by motorcycle enthusiasts of Lviv’s ‘Drive’ club after nearly 20 years!

Lviv’s Inaugural Sumo Cup

Issue 96, December 2016.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Complex was the site of Lviv’s first-ever Sumo Open Cup on November 19th. Sumo is Japan’s national sport and is a traditional style of wrestling that originated out of a competition to entertain Japanese noblemen.

Ukraine’s Rugby 15 Championship

Issue 95, November 2016.
On October 29th, in Ukraine’s Rugby 15 Championship, Lviv’s “Sokil” played against “Podillya” (Khmelnitsky). Whole match was extremely tense, with several real fights between players, however local sportsmen were defeated with score 10–34, making main coach Yuriy Hrabovskyi truly very unhappy as the team lost chance to win bronze medal.

Grand Prix Lviv Half Marathon 2016

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv was host to the wonderful Grand Prix Lviv Half Marathon 2016 sports event on November 6th, sponsored by Molokija. The event was festively kicked off by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, who greeted the over 1300 runners, including many celebrities. Among the notable athletes involved were Maryna Filatova (spouse of Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov), MP Yehor Soboliev, 1+1 TV personality Marychka Padalko, and players from Lviv’s favourite football team – FC Karpaty.

Taihō Kōki – Ukraine’s Greatest Sumo Champion

Issue 95, November 2016.
When hearing the word ‘sumo’, the image of a huge man in conjured – as unbeatable as a block of ice. And he must have Oriental origins. “So what does Ukrainian ‘salo’ have to do with that?” you might ask. Well, as it turns out, quite a lot! Did you know that Ukraine gave Japan one of its most powerful athletes of all time! Few people outside Japan know about sumo wrestling legend Taihō Kōki, who won 32 tournaments between 1960 and 1971 – a record that was unequalled until 2014. Fewer still know that his real name was Ivan Boryshko and he could trace his roots to Ukraine. Taihō (Ivan) was the son of a Japanese mother and Ukrainian father and is often held up as an example of what a mixed race person can accomplish in a traditionally conservative country. His dominance was such that he won six tournaments in a row on two separate occasions. He is the only wrestler to win at least one championship every year while a pro and he won 45 straight matches in a stretch in 1968-69.

Handball

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’sHalychanka ladies handball team continues to be one of the strongest on the continent. The team travelled to Grodno, Belarus to take part in first round Baltic League action and handled all five rivals from Belarus and Lithuania.

Shakhtar vs. Gent

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s adopted football giants – Shakhtar Donetsk – returned to Europa League action in a Group B match against Belgian side Gent on October 20th. The fixture comes on the heels of a June 2016 friendly between the two squads that saw Shakhtarhandle their opponents 2:0.