Lviv Sports

Arena Lviv Trades One Donetsk Tenant for Another

Issue 99, March 2017.
Leopolitan football fans will have a new team to watch after Olimpik Donetsk signed on to play at Arena Lviv for the remainder of the Ukrainian Premier League championship. The team replaces Shakhtar Donetsk, who moved their operations to abandoned Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, empty since the former tenants folded last year. While Olimpik may not bring in the prime Champions and Europa League matchups that Shakhtar did, the team looks set to play in the Ukrainian League’s new “championship round” against the country’s other top 5 teams. Olimpik currently sits in 5th place on 29 points with 3 games remaining in the opening round. The top 5 of the 6 teams in the championship round will qualify for either the Champions or Europa League.

Tatiana Klimchenko – Lviv’s February Athlete of the Month

Issue 99, March 2017.
Up-and-coming Leopolitan cyclist Tatiana Klimchenko was awarded Lviv’s Athlete of the Month Award in February for her performance at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Snowboard Championship

Issue 99, March 2017.
With the gorgeous Carpathian Mountains situated in the western corner of our country, Ukraine has itself a real gem to offer ski lovers. Already famous with local tourists, Ukrainian skiing spots are slowly getting on the radars of more distant travelers.

Handball Super League: Halychanka Hammer Dnipryanka

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Halychanka women’s handball team roared back after the winter break to score two wins in their first Super League action of 2017.

Just One Step Shy of Victory

Issue 99, March 2017.
It was one step short for Lviv’s Anna Muzychuk at the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship in Tehran, Iran last month, as the talented Leopolitan player fell in a dramatic tiebreaker in the final to just miss out on following in her sister’s footsteps as world champion. Several top players skipped the knock-out tournament, including the reigning world champion and top ranked female player Hou Yifan. Yifan won her title by defeating Anna’s sister Mariya last year in Lviv and refused to participate at the event due to dissatisfaction with the FIDE world championship system. Mariya – the 2015 women’s world champion – and current US women’s champion Nazi Paikidze also refused to attend out of protest of the tournament’s location in Iran, where it is mandatory for women to wear a hijab in public.

Lviv – Leader 2017 Sport Dance Competition

Issue 99, March 2017.
Lviv’s Halychyna Sport Complex played host to the Lviv – Leader 2017 Ukrainian Sport Dance Championship on February 25-26. The 20-year event is now on the official calendar of the World Dance Sport Federation. The city’s Leader Modern Dance Club brought together 300 dance couples from around Ukraine – as well as dancers from Portugal, Turkey, Estonia, and Poland – for this spectacular show and popular celebration of dance.

Volleyball

Issue 98, February 2017.
The top two teams in Ukraine’s Volleyball Super League faced each other on February 3-4 when Lokomotiv Kharkiv took on Lviv’s first-place Barkom-Kazhany. Lviv’s team leads the standings with 62 points from 22 matches, while Kharkiv sits in second with 53 points.

Ukraine’s Winter Cycling Championship

Issue 98, February 2017.
Lviv played host to the Ukraine Winter Cycling Championships from January 30th to February 2nd. The event featured more than 250 cyclists of several different ages competing in individual and team races in different qualification groups.

Lviv Trophy 2017

Issue 98, February 2017.
The IIHF-standard Novoyavorivsk Ice Palace, located just outside of Lviv, played host to the Lviv Region Open Cup figure skating Lviv Trophy 2017 competition on January 27th-28th. The event attracted over 300 skaters from 11 regions of Ukraine, as well as athletes from Belarus and Moldova.

Lviv’s Finest Athletes

Issue 98, February 2017.
Fencers Ksenia Panteleyeva and Anfisa Pochkalova and judoka Stanislav Goruna take home National Olympic Committee honours as the best athletes in the Lviv region. The National Olympic Committee of the Lviv Region selected its athletes of the month for January 2017 and November 2016 recently. The talented recipients include judoka Stanislav Goruna and fencers Ksenia Panteleyeva and Anfisa Pochkalova.