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September 26, 2019

Karazin University Sports Life: All-Ukrainian Olympic Lesson


On September 25, 2019, Karazin University held a traditional All-Ukrainian Olympic Lesson on the occasion of International Day of University Sport.

The event took place with the participation of the University President, Vil Bakirov; Head of Kharkiv Regional Department of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Physical Culture and Sports of Ukraine, Viktor Khrystoiev; Head of the Department of Physical Training and Sports, Volodymyr Temchenko; Head of the University Student Council, Daniela Daas; Head of the Primary Trade Union Organization of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students, Serhii Makhnovskyi; famous athletes and Olympians of the University, graduates, faculty members, and students.

“Our University has strong and long-standing Olympic traditions. Today, we are gathering together again for an Olympic lesson to talk about sports, the Olympic movement and the values it embodies — honesty, decency, perseverance, strength, courage,” said Vil Bakirov in his welcoming address. For his part, Viktor Khrystoiev stressed that the All-Ukrainian Olympic Lesson at Karazin University coincides with the European Olympic Lesson.

The event was also visited by Olympic athletes of past years, including the two-time Olympic track-and-field champion, Honored Master of Sports Liudmyla Dzhyhalova; Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Training and Sports of the University, Merited Coach of Ukraine, participant in the Olympic Games (1988, 2000) Olena Kovtun; the European archery champion, University graduate, Viktoriia Koval; the Olympic Games participant (2000, 2004), World Championship silver medalist (2001), multiple medalist and champion, University graduate Oleksii Mazikin; table tennis bronze medalist of 2016 Paralympics, current world champion, School of Sociology graduate Maryna Lytovchenko, and others. They received honorary awards and wished those present great achievements and success.

Traditionally, the last academic year’s best athletes and their coaches were honored. The awards were given to winning teams, in particular cheerleading and futsal ones, as well as the winners of annual regional student competitions “Sport for Life” and the 69th University Student Spartakiade. The winners of the XIV Summer Universiade 2019 were awarded, in the Universiade overall standing, Karazin University placed second.

There was presented the sporting symbol of Karazin University “Team’Co”. The President noted that Karazin University is the first university in Ukraine to have a sports mascot. “The groundhog depicted on our symbol is notable for his strength, perseverance, that is, the qualities the athlete needs,” said Vil Bakirov.

At the end, the University’s cheerleading team impressed the guests with their striking performance.

Also, the event included the exhibition “Sports Achievements of Karazin University”, which presented awards of tennis players, fencers, cheerleading and futsal teams. Everyone willing could interact with athletes and learn about the particularities of their sport.

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