Lviv Sports

Paintball fun in Europe’s most fought-over city

Issue 13, May 2009.
International festival of cutting-edge visual arts Nightlife hotspot celebrates a dozen years! Lviv has long been at the centre of the geopolitical tug of war that has seen Ukraine become one of the most fought-over lands in the entire world, so it comes as no surprise that the city has a rich tradition of guerrilla military activities, with the fighters of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army of WWII among the most revered of the city’s historical figures. However, in modern Lviv there is no longer a strong paramilitary presence, but the art of shooting on sight has not been lost, with the extreme sport of paintball fast gaining an enthusiastic local following.

Beach Scrum in Ukraine’s Rugby Capital

Issue 3, July 2008.
Lviv has had had a reputation as Ukraine’s unofficial rugby capital ever since its Soviet-era team rose to glory. June saw another rugby first for West Ukraine when the city played host to an international beach rugby tournament featuring teams from Lviv, Kyiv, Rivne, Ivano-Frankivsk and Kryviy Rig along with their Polish colleagues from Pogon Rugby Club in Sideltse.

Ukrainians Going for Gold in Beijing

Issue 4, August 2008.
This month sees the start of the 29th modern Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing. Ukraine will be taking a record number of athletes to compete in a bid to continue a modern tradition of Olympic excellence which has seen the former Soviet republic score a number of high-profile victories since first participating in 1996. Despite the under-funding which has plagued Ukrainian sports since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the country’s tradition as a centre of sporting excellence has been maintained by a string of talented athletes, with Lviv sports stars playing their part in keeping the Ukrainian Olympic dream alive.

More Lviv Boxing Excitement

Issue 7, November 2008.
Following on from the success of local legend Andrey Kotelnik’s September world title defence in front of a home audience, Lviv hosted another top-drawer boxing occasion October 23 with Lviv fighter Viktor Plotnikov taking the little-known GBU (Global Boxing Union) world welterweight belt from Venezuela’s Dervin Medina.

Lviv Hosts National Body-building Championship

Issue 8, December 2008.
On November 23 Lviv welcomed the best of Ukrainian bodybuilding for their annual showdown

Fast and Furious Ukrainian Hockey Action!

Issue 9, January 2009.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian hockey scene has been stuck in the doldrums

Ice-skating options in Lviv

Issue 9, January 2009.
In the late 19th century when Lviv was the eastern capital of the sprawling Central European Habsburg Empire, ice-skating was a popular city pastime, with a rink located on the city’s stunning Rynok Square.