National Guard officer wins gold at the Invictus Games 2023 in Lviv

Photo - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine
Photo - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Ukraine news 06 May 2023 at 12:00

Colonel Oleksandr Piskun from Kryvyi Rih won the 'gold' at the Invictus Games-2023 in Lviv. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

A total of 223 participants from all regions of Ukraine, including military personnel and veterans who were injured during combat missions to defend their homeland, took part in the National Selection.

Athletes competed in 9 disciplines, including archery, track and field, cycling, powerlifting, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, and wheelchair basketball.

Colonel Oleksandr Piskun from Kryvyi Rih competed on the second day of the National Selection in two disciplines: table tennis and archery in the 'advanced' category. As a result of the competition, Colonel Piskun won 'gold' in table tennis and 'bronze' in archery.

The officer suffered a severe injury back in 2014 during the liberation of the town of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region. After undergoing extensive treatment and rehabilitation, he decided to test his abilities in the National Selection for Invictus Games. In previous years, he competed in swimming and shot put.

Invictus Games were initiated by Prince Harry in 2014 and were first held in London. Ukraine joined the Invictus Games in 2017, making its debut in Toronto.

This year, Ukraine will be represented by a team of 24 participants, including military personnel and veterans. Over the course of three months, athletes will undergo intensive training and will compete in international competitions taking place from September 9th to 16th in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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