This is the conclusion of the final Sportsline update for 2017. This is the second part of a two-part series, prepared by Matthew Dubas.
• Ten Ukrainian servicemen who were wounded in the ATO area of eastern Ukraine and now undergo rehabilitative treatment in the United States ran a 10-kilometer race and a marathon at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington on October 22. Ukraine’s team won 10 medals and earned a congratulatory message from President Petro Poroshenko. Established in 1976, the MCM is currently the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. and the ninth largest in the world. More than 30,000 representatives from more than 50 countries officially participate.
This is part one of the final Sportsline update of 2017. The items were prepared by Matthew Dubas. Part two will follow in an upcoming issue. Soccer
• Ukraine’s men’s national team won 2-1 against Slovakia in an international friendly match on November 10 at Arena Lviv. Slovakia opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and Andriy Yarmolenko equalized for Ukraine in the 39th minute with a near shot.
• Mykyta Matashevskyi (90 kg) won silver and Oleh Ovcharenko (66 kg) won bronze at the Junior European Judo Championship on September 15-17 in Maribor, Slovenia. Leonid Gasyuk (+100 kg) and Karo Marandian (66 kg) finished in fifth place, and Iryna Khryashchevska (70 kg), Vitalii Shepel (90 kg), Hievorh Manukian (73 kg) and Aleksandr Cherkai (81 kg) finished in seventh place. In men’s team competition, Ukraine lost 2-3 in the second round against Azerbaijan. • Georgii Zantaraia (66 kg) finished in fifth place at the World Senior Championships in Budapest, Hungary, held on August 28 through September 2. The tournament attracted 731 athletes from 126 countries.
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – A U.S.-based soccer team, made up of members of the Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA), participated in an international soccer tournament in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, on July 12-15. The tournament, “On the Wings of Friendship Cup (Ukraine Heritage and Soccer Cup),” was made possible by an initiative between the UAYA and the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast soccer federation, as well as the soccer fields arranged by Ruslana Martsinkiva (Ivano-Frankivsk), Ihor Sliuzaria (Kolomiya) and Ihor Matviychuk (Kalush). The players, age 16 and under, included four teams – Teplovyk Deuce No.3 of Ivano Frankivsk, Karpaty of Kolomiya, FC Kalush and the U.S. team of the UAYA. Matches were held in stadiums, including Rukh in Ivano-Frankivsk, Khimik in Kalush and Yunist in Kolomiya. Karpaty won the tournament after winning the final 4-2 against Kalush; in the third-place match, Ivano-Frankivsk won 5-3 against the U.S. team.
• In girls’ doubles at the U.S. Open in New York that concluded on September 10, Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine and Olga Danilovic of Serbia won first place after winning 6-1, 7-5 against Lea Boskovic of Croatia and Wang Xiyu of China in the final. The Ukrainian-Serb duo won 6-4, 7-6(7-3) against Sofya Lansere and Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia in the semifinal and won 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinal against Emily Appleton of Great Britain and Emiliana Arango of Colombia. Boxing
• Ukraine was represented by eight boxers at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany, on August 25 through September 2. Middleweight Oleksandr Khyzhniak (81 kg) won the gold-medal bout against Ablikhan Amankul of Kazakhstan. Viktor Vykhryst (+91 kg) lost in the second round against Joseph Goodall of Australia, and Iurii Shestak (60 kg) lost in the quarterfinal against Sofiane Oumiha of France.
KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Thousands of people, hailing from venues ranging from California to Ukraine, converged at the 11th Ukrainian Cultural Festival held on Friday-Sunday, July 14-16, at Soyuzivka Heritage Center. The largest Ukrainian festival in the United States, it is organized by the Ukrainian National Foundation (UNF), under the patronage of the Embassy of Ukraine. This year’s sponsors included the Ukrainian National Association (UNA), Ukraine International Airlines, Self Reliance New York Federal Credit Union and SUMA Federal Credit Union (Yonkers, N.Y.). The festival truly offers something for all ages, from the stage shows with a wide variety of performers, to the film screenings, intricate crafts of the Ukrainian Village, the myriad Ukrainian embroidery, music recordings and a variety of artwork for sale at the vendors’ court, and the information and fun activities at the Ukrainian National Association’s gazebo. The refreshing swimming pool, the beer garden and even the beach volleyball court were all put to good use.
• Andrii Vynokurov finished in ninth place in the men’s keirin final at the 2017 Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong on April 12-16. • Tetiana Klimchenko won gold in the scratch race at the World Cup in Los Angeles on February 24-26. Lubov Basova won silver in the individual sprint and Olena Starikova finished in fourth place. Basov finished in fourth place in the women’s keirin final. Oksana Klyachina and Anna Nahirna finished in ninth place in the women’s madison race.
• Ukraine dominated the team, combination and highlight events at the FINA Synchro World Series 2017 competition on May 25-28 in Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands of Spain. In the fifth leg of the series, Ukraine collected 183.8718 points in the team routine, ahead of Spain (178.8717) and Kazakhstan (161.2293). Ukraine also won in the same order with Spain and Kazakhstan in the combination routine (90.6001 points) and the highlight routine with 91.8332 points. In duet routine, Anna Voloshyna and Jelyzaveta Yakhno won silver with 180.1179 points. In the solo routine, Voloshyna won silver (181.6459 points). The final two stops of the series are on June 22-24 in Long Island, N.Y., and on September 21-24 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
UNITED NATIONS – More than 100 people gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York to hear Prof. Timothy Snyder, who was the guest speaker at a discussion on May 16 that was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the U.N. He was introduced by Yuri Vitrenko, charge d’affairs of the mission, and Prof. Snyder thanked the guests and former ambassadors of Ukraine to the U.N. in attendance – Yuri Sergeyev and Valeriy Kuchinsky. Opening the talk, “A Dialogue with Timothy Snyder about Ukraine,” Dr. Snyder discussed the parallels between the lessons of the 20th century and his latest best-selling book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.” But he also noted the difference between historians and diplomats – historians do not need to be diplomatic, constantly talk about the past and how Ukraine is a prime example of a country still overcoming tyranny. From the framework of colonization versus de-colonization, in light of the contributing factors that led to the first world war, Dr. Snyder noted the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire, the Hapsburgs and others that saw the rise of national identity across Europe. But in the case of Ukraine, it had no sustainable state boundaries recognized by the international order of the time. By 1923, the USSR had incorporated Ukraine into its structures and there would be an internal policy of colonization, first under Lenin and then under Stalin.
• Elina Svitolina won the Italian Open tournament in Rome on May 20-21 after winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Simona Halep of Romania in the final. Svitolina is ranked by the WTA in sixth place amongst the best tennis players in women’s singles. In the 2016-2017 tour, Svitolina tops the rankings, and with her fourth major title win this season, she leads the tour with 31 match wins. In the quarterfinal, Svitolina won 6-3, 7-6(9) against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Svitolina is set to play in the Roland Garros tournament, known as the French Open, that begins on May 27 and ends on June 11.