Ukraine to host two international competitions in 2023
Ukraine won the right to host the 2023 FIFA World Cup for Schoolchildren and the 2023 World Winter Gymnasium. The decisions were taken by the International School Sports Federation and announced by the Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science Serhii Shkarlet September 17th.
“It would sound incredible, but true! Mr. Shkarlet said in a social media post. “The World School Football Championship and the Winter World Gymnasium 2023 will take place in Ukraine. “
Mr. Shkarlet underlined the great honor, pride and responsibility of Ukraine to be selected for these international competitions.
On his Facebook page, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed confidence that the country will be able to host the competitions at a high level. The Ukrainian president has previously expressed his belief that sport should play a bigger role in the lives of children.
“I’m not saying everyone has to be a professional athlete. Some learn to be part of a team, while others rely on themselves, ”said Zelenskyy. “Sport teaches you to win and to bounce back in the face of adversity. It is normal that one of my priorities is the development of sports infrastructure – playgrounds, stadiums, swimming pools – and the support and development of sports departments in educational establishments.
Serhiy Nykyforov, press secretary at the Ukrainian presidential office, added that the Winter and Summer Gymnasia are the international competitions par excellence for older schoolchildren. They are organized under the leadership of the International School Sports Federation, which includes 129 countries.
“There are a total of 55 different competitions in summer and winter. Thousands of young people and their parents from all over the world will visit Ukraine for the Winter Gymnasium. It will be an opportunity to present our country and demonstrate that Ukraine is capable of hosting an international sporting event in the hope of successfully bidding for future Olympic Games, ”said Mr. Nykyforov.
It is hoped that Ukraine’s successful hosting of the 2023 FIFA World Cup for School Children and the Winter Gymnasium will prove to be major opportunities for the popularization of sport in the country and promote physical activity and a healthier lifestyle among young Ukrainians.