In the center of Kiev on the independence of members of the Paralympic national team of Ukraine was solemnly carried to the games in Rio de Janeiro. Paralympians had, in particular, the Minister of youth and sport Igor Zhdanov and the mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko, reports Hromadske.
From Ukraine this year will go to the Paralympics 172 athlete who will compete in 15 sports. Only at the Paralympics will be 4.5 thousand athletes, will be played in 528 medal events in 22 sports.
Ukrainian athletes will make their debut in two sports: paracanoe and sitting volleyball.
Earlier, the President of the National Paralympic Committee of Ukraine Valeriy Sushkevich said that the Ukrainian national team at the Paralympic games 2016 has a high chance to get medals in all disciplines. For the gold medalist of the Paralympic games will receive $40 thousand
Earlier, the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that inadmissible for the Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Russian Paralympians, the Russian authorities organise an alternative tournament.
Paralympic games will be held in Brazil from 7 to 18 September. Team Russia was ousted from the competition by decision of the International Paralympic Committee on the basis of a scandal about the disappearance of at least 35 positive doping tests from Russian athletes in the period from 2012 to 2015.