Kyiv Joined 2017 Olympic Day with New Activities and 2018 Olympic Team
04 June 2017 Share
Kyiv Joined 2017 Olympic Day with New Activities and 2018 Olympic Team

Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, joined 200 nations on global Olympic Day celebration commemorated to birth of the modern Olympics on June 23rd, 1894, in Paris. Country’s principal sports venue, NSC Olympiysky, hosted 4500+ sport fans, as well as star Olympic athletes, celebrities and governmental representatives. #OlympicDay on the way to PyeongChang 2018 was the motto of the celebration, with most activities were dedicated to the upcoming Winter Games.

Vice Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko and Deputy Head of Sport and Youth Parliamentary Committee Mykola Velychkovych took part in the opening ceremony along with Sport Minister Ihor Zhdanov and NOC Vice President and IOC Member, Olympic Champion Valery Borzov. Mr Lee Yang-goo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Ukraine, also participated with greeting speech and promotion activities for his country and PyeongChang 2018.

Two dozens of Ukraine’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists and national teams’ athletes featured various activities on site, with 2018 Olympic team athletes, including 2014 biathlon champions OIena Pidhrushna and Yulia Dzhima received warm welcome from the central stage of the celebration.

More than 30 national sport federations and clubs’ exhibition points were represented at the Olympic Day celebration providing kids and their parents with information about sports and proposing options to try it themselves. Biathlon, cross country skiing, basketball, trampoline jumping, handball, IAAF Kids Athletics, taekwondo, as well as karate, skateboard and sports climbing, new Olympic additions for Tokyo 2020, are just some of sports being displayed.

The organizers – Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Sport and Youth and Kyiv State Administration – involved show biz celebrities to support 2017 Olympic day in Kyiv. To inaugural activities were organized to entertain the guests of the celebration. A dozen of teams, including the one from Artek Kids’ Center and another from National Police Academy, took part at the Olympic-themed flash mobe and karaoke contest, where Olympic and Paralympic athletes joined the groups to compete in completely non-sportive showdown.   

The climax of the day was Olympic Run hosted by NSC Olympisky. The venue which hosted 1980 Olympic football matches and UEFA 2012 Euro final game, will also be a host of 2018 UEFA Champions’ League final.

2017 Olympic Day in Kyiv was a formal opening ceremony for the nationwide celebrations. Every big city and 90% of small town and villages in Ukraine will witness 2017 Olympic day celebrations, organized by NOC local departments, within next weeks. 

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