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The Ukrainian President said that Ukraine would improve the training conditions for Ukrainian athletes to strengthen Ukraine’s performance in the Olympics. 

The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wasn’t afraid to share his big dreams at the 30th anniversary of creating the National Olympic Committee, taking place at the Ukraine National Palace of Arts in Kyiv. He said that the goal is that Ukraine will one day host the Olympics and that he will do what he can to make that dream come true. 

“The new motto of the Olympic Games is “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.” We believe that together we will achieve that our dream comes true. The big dream is the Olympic Games in Ukraine. And I really believe in it. I am sure that our great state deserves to host the Olympic Games,” Zelensky said, according to the Presidential office

“But in moments like this, I always remember the words of weightlifters and my father, the master of sports in weightlifting. They say: it is always not easy to go and try to lift something. It is easy not to try and walk away. This is what the weightlifters said. Therefore, we will definitely try on the Olympic Games,” said Zelensky, acknowledging that it won’t be easy. 

New infrastructure is necessary

Zelensky said that a lot of things would need to change for that to happen. Obviously, Ukraine would need a better economy and better stadiums and infrastructure, but Zelensky also said that Ukraine would need to improve athletes’ facilities. He pointed out that many  athletes are leaving Ukraine due to the “state’s negligent attitude towards athletes.”

“… We have started to renovate and build the sports infrastructure. First of all, for children. This is very important because love for sports should be nurtured since childhood,” the head of state said and revealed more details about his plan. 

He said that Ukraine would construct 18 sports boarding schools, sport boarding schools for orphans, 100 youth sports schools, school stadiums, and swimming pools. 

“We have started the Healthy Ukraine program. I am proud of this program. It provides for the construction of 2,000 parks for activities in Ukraine, 10,000 sports grounds, 19 ice arenas throughout the country, 100 stadiums, and 25 sports “magnets,” the President said.

Ukraine could do better at the Olympic Games

The Presidents statements come after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where Ukraine didn’t do well when considering the country’s size. Ukraine won 19 medals, but only one was gold. Denmark, in comparison, won 11 medals, whereas three were gold. 

Instead, Ukraine did much better in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Ukraine got 24 gold medals, which is the sixth-best of all nations. The Ukrainian success was especially significant in swimming, where Ukraine won 43 medals, 14 gold. In total, Ukraine won 98 medals, 24 gold, 47 silver, and 37 bronze, which was the fifth-best of all countries. Only China (96), Great Britain (41), the United States (37), Russia (36), and the Netherlands (25) won more gold medals than Ukraine. And only China (207), Great Britain (124), Russia (118), and the United States (104) won more medals than Ukraine.

The Ukrainian success was primarily due to Maksym Kripak, who won five gold, one silver, and one bronze medal at the Olympics in swimming. You can see Maksym Kripak below.