On Thursday, November 7, in the Chuhuiv children’s and young people’s sports school the grand opening of the XX city boxing tournament among young men dedicated to the memory of three times Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal of Aviation, Ivan Kozhedub, was held. 120 athletes from the cities of Chuhuiv and Kharkiv, as well as from Kharkiv, Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava and Sumy regions took part in the anniversary tournament. The tournament was held with the support of the MP, Vice-President of the Boxing Federation of Ukraine, Dmytro Shentsev.
Nina Kuralekh – the head of the city public reception of the MP – welcomed the participants and guests of the tournament on behalf of the politician.
“I am glad to welcome you to the jubilee, XX city boxing tournament among young men, dedicated to the memory of three times Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal of Aviation, Ivan Kozhedub. The memory of such people, of the feat of our people should always live, and it is necessary to equal on such heroes. Courage and bravery, heroism and fortitude of veterans are a model for future generations.
Boxing for me is a big family, where we are all proud of each other. I am rooting for our athletes with all my heart and rejoice in your victories from the bottom of my heart. Boxing socializes children to work; only through working on yourself you can achieve high results. I am sure that this experience will be useful to you in adulthood, and you will conquer not only sports peaks, but also life ones. I wish you all self-confidence and high results! You can everything! The main thing is not to stop!” Dmytro Shentsev addressed these words to young athletes.
According to boxing trainer and teacher of the Chuhuiv children’s and young people’s sports school, Petro Nesterenko, such competitions increase the level of boxing skills of athletes.
“Many famous boxers took part in this boxing tournament. This fact, of course, gives prestige to the tournament, and our Chuhuiv athletes are determined only to win. But the rivals are also very worthy, and this is a plus, because athletes get enormous professional experience in the ring,” he said.
The opening of the tournament was also attended by the president of the Boxing Federation of the Kharkiv region, Leonid Zadorozhnyi. According to him,the tournament is held every year at a high level thanks to the efforts of Dmytro Shentsev.
“Today we have opened the XX boxing tournament dedicated to the memory of three times Hero of the Soviet Union, Marshal of Aviation, Ivan Kozhedub. The tournament can already be called history. Thanks to the efforts of the MP, Dmytro Schentsev, it has been going on for many years, and every year at a high level. Young athletes like to participate in this tournament, every year it collects a lot of guys from different parts of Ukraine,” Leonid Zadorozhnyi said.
The tournament will last another two days in the Chuhuiv city youth sports school (27, Kozheduba St.)