The New York Times dedicated an article to Ukrainian Paralympians
The Ukrainian team received 98 awards.
The American edition of The New York Times noted the Ukrainian team at the Paralympic Games. The media called our athletes a & # 171; Slavic miracle & # 187 ;, Chronicle.info reports with reference to Channel 24.
They succeeded despite fewer athletes
At the Paralympics, Ukrainians received 98 awards … This is only 6 less than that of the American team.
At the same time, the publication noted that the number of athletes in the Ukrainian team was significantly less than in the leading countries. Thus, China, Great Britain, Russia and the United States represented more than 220 athletes at the competitions, and Ukraine – only 139.
This is a small country that clearly has no equal,
– said the chief representative of the International Paralympic Committee Craig Spence.
Journalists compared the Ukrainian national team with the Oakland Athletics baseball team. In 2002, despite underfunding and losing the best players at the start of the season, she was able to win 20 games in a row and set the American League record.
& # 171; From the point of view of American sports, the Paralympians of Ukraine is a small miracle of the market , the Slavic equivalent of Oakland Athletics & # 187 ;, – the edition emphasized.
The New York Times on the path of Ukrainians to the Paralympics
The authors of the article noted that Ukraine was one of the six countries with the highest number of medals at nine summer and winter Paralympic Games in a row. At the same time, sporting successes practically did not deteriorate despite the occupation of Crimea by Russia.
After all, the aggressor state actually left the Ukrainian Paralympians without a training center in the Black Sea. At the same time, a new center with the necessary adaptive equipment remains unfinished in Dnipro.
When Ukraine first competed at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, it won only 7 medals. In 2021, only swimmer Maxim Kripak received the same number of awards.
Inclusive education for children with disabilities in Ukraine remains rather a rarity than a norm. This is the result of limited infrastructure and negative attitudes from society,
– explained to the UN Human Rights Office
Awards for prize-winners have increased
of the year in Ukraine, two significant changes took place:
- began live broadcasts of events,
- increased the amount of prize money in accordance with the medal awarded to the Olympians.
Now Paralympians receive about 125 thousand dollars for a gold medal, 80 thousand dollars – for & # 171; silver & # 187; and 55 thousand dollars – for & # 171; bronze & # 187;. Despite the fact that earlier & # 171; gold & # 187; awarded 40 thousand dollars.