The competition was organized by Vidkryti Mozhlyvosti (open opportunities) and Ukrainian Association of Disabled ATO Soldiers NGOs, Censor.NET reports.
Some 50 athletes from across Ukraine, including one woman, took part in the contest. People with amputations, in wheelchairs and with spinal cord injuries were among the participants. It was the final contest with previous ones taking place in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Mykolaiv and Lviv.
"I regained consciousness in the hospital and heard many people chanting outside: "Thank you!" The doctor explained they had to amputate both legs..," the story of a contestant, shown on a big screen before the start of the competition, goes. This way or another, most of the stories of these heroes start.
"CrossFit combines powerlifting, weightlifting, gymnastics, swimming, running, athletics, and it is thanks to these sports that we can develop and motivate people to further improve themselves," Yevhen Koval, the organizer, says. "Next year, the strongest participants will go to a demonstration performance at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and we'll apply for involving foreigners in the Games of Heroes project."
The contestants do chin-ups, lift the bar, pull a rope with a load of 50 kg, climb a rope right from their wheelchairs, etc. They strongly support each other, cheer up and offer advice.
Photos by Olena Maksymenko exclusively for Censor.NET