Today the sports heroes of April were awarded at the Olympic House. The best athlete of the month Zhan Beleniuk, Greco-Roman wrestler, has received a diploma, a statuette and cash prize from the President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Sergey Bubka. The athlete’s coaches Vitaliy Kyselytsa and Oleksiy Dobrovolskiy also got their deserved rewards as the best coaches of April.
At the European Wrestling Championship which was held in Vantaa (Finland), Zhan Beleniuk has won gold medal for Ukraine in the weight category up to 85 kg. Finnish medal is the second award of the Old World in the collection of 23-years-old sportsman from Kyiv. Two years ago he has won a bronze medal at the European Championship in Belgrade (Serbia).
"I am very pleased to award our European champion, who showed his fighting spirit in Finland. At the tournament Zhan successfully made his way to the final, especially in the semi-final match where he defeated the Olympic champion from Russia Alexei Mishin. At the final match our athlete got serious injury, but he was fighting to the end, giving no chance to Finnish opponent," Sergei Bubka said at the awarding ceremony.
The famous Olympian of Ukraine said that Beleniuk is a true patriot of Ukraine. "Zhan was offered to change citizenship, but he is devoted to Ukraine. We are proud of such athletes," Sergey Bubka said.
The President of the NOC of Ukraine noted a great contribution of the athlete's coaches to his success and expressed the words of gratitude to the President of the Ukrainian Wrestling Association, Olympic champion Elbrus Tedeyev for the significant input to the development of wrestling in our country. "Ukraine has glorious traditions and outstanding achievements in such a wonderful sport as wrestling. It is difficult to remember the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships, where our athletes didn't manage to get medals," said Sergey Bubka.