Six Ukrainian athletes have been added to the entry lists for the European Throwing Cup which takes place in Leiria, Portugal on 12-13 March.
Both European Athletics and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) are very pleased to be able to welcome a Ukrainian team to Leiria after their participation looked in jeopardy following the Russian invasion of Ukraine last month.
Their participation has been made possible thanks to the strong wish of European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov, the financial and logistical support of European Athletics and assistance from both the Polish Athletic Association and the Turkish Athletic Federation.
European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov said: “Sport has the power to send a message of hope and bring together athletes from different backgrounds and cultures. It places them on a level playing field where the only language is that of competition and fair play.
“That is why we must do all we can at European Athletics to support and encourage the participation of Ukrainian athletes at our forthcoming events.”
In light of the invasion, Russian and Belarusian athletes will not be allowed to compete at the European Throwing Cup following sanctions imposed on their respective federations by the European Athletics Council last week.
Updated final entries can be found here.
Ukraine’s team for the European Throwing Cup in Leiria:
- Olena Hamaza (U23 hammer)
- Daria Harkusha (U23 discus)
- Iryna Klymets (hammer)
- Alona Shut (hammer)
- Mykhailo Kokhan (U23 hammer)
- Roman Kokoshko (shot put)
- Iryna Novozhylova