On March 20, 200 there will be held a press conference dedicated to the Fifth International “Stella Zakharova Cup” in rhythmic gymnastics. The Cup will take place on March 25-26, 2006 at the Palace of Sport in Kyiv. The sport competition will be held under the auspices of the United Nations Office in Ukraine and will be devoted to the 20th Commemoration Anniversary of Chornobyl catastrophe.

It is planned that the participants at the press conference will include: Mr. Francis M. O’Donnell, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in Ukraine and UNDP Resident Representative; Ms. Stella Zakharova Olympic games champion in rhythmic gymnastics;Mr. Yuriy Pavlenko, Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sport Affairs; Mr. Markiyan Lubkivskyi , Advisor to President of Ukraine – Head of the Main Service for Humanitarian Policy of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine; Mr. Volodymyr Gryshko, Advisor to President of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Main Service for Humanitarian Policy of the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine.

The Organization of the United Nations actively supports the processes of recovery and development of the Chornobyl affected territories and advocates healthy life style among the population living in Chornobyl affected areas. This rhythmic gymnastics competition is aimed at attracting public attention to the Chornobyl related issues and at promoting healthy life style through sport in Chornobyl affected territories.

Since 2002, the “Stella Zakharova Cup” has been one of the most significant events in the sport life of Ukraine. The Cup was established with a purpose of popularization of rhythmic gymnastics both in Ukraine and abroad. It is expected that, this year, sportsmen from 15 countries will take part in the “Stella Zakharova Cup”. Famous singers and dancers, sport and circus teams will participate at the opening and closing ceremonies of the “Stella Zakharova Cup”.


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