Training within the shadow of struggle: Ukrainian athletes put together for Paris Olympics | EUROtoday

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A complete of 126 Ukrainian athletes will probably be competing at this yr’s Paris Olympics. With their nation at struggle, their participation takes on specific significance. Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee says greater than 400 registered athletes have been killed since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, whereas many others have put their sporting careers on maintain to serve within the military. As for individuals who are competing, they are saying the struggle is each a stress issue and an extra motivation. Meanwhile, some Russian and Belarusian athletes may also be participating, however in impartial colors: a neutrality that the Ukrainian facet has decried as faux. FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg experiences.