The Olympic team, which will represent Ukraine at the XXXII Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo this year, includes 60 army athletes. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense with reference to the decision of the executive committee of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.
At international competitions, the Ukrainian military will perform in 16 sports: badminton, boxing, freestyle wrestling, cycling, rowing, kayaking and canoeing, artistic gymnastics, karate, athletics, swimming, trampoline jumping, diving, archery, bullseye shooting, fencing.
In general, 158 Olympians from Ukraine in 25 sports (30 disciplines) will take part in the main sports competitions.
Taking into account the strict requirements of the Covid protocol of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the traditional solemn march of the national team, which precedes the team's departure for the Games, will be replaced by a 4-hour telethon.
As we reported earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the state of emergency in Tokyo. This is why the Olympics will be taking place without supporters on sport arenas.
According to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, the fans will be banned from visiting stadiums and arenas in Tokyo, when the Olympics will kick off in two weeks. “Many people were looking forward to watching the games at the venues, but I would like everyone to fully enjoy watching the games on TV at home. It’s gut-wrenching because many people looked forward to watching at the venues," she said.