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SPORTS PLAYERS FROM TEN COUNTRIES COMPETE FOR EIGHT SETS OF AWARDS AT SQUASH TOURNAMENT IN ODESA

The 11th international squash championship “Zenit Black Sea Open 2021” took place in Odesa. The competition was attended by players from England, Australia, Germany, Wales, Egypt, Romania, the United States, Moldova, Belarus and other countries, as well as sportsmen from Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytsky, Poltava, Kherson, Odesa.

The winner in the PRO category among men (the main category of the tournament) was squash player from Egypt Ahmed Mohamed, and among women in the PRO category the first place was taken by Anastasiya Kostiukova from Ukraine.

The tournament had been held for four days on the courts of the SPORT LIFE fitness center.

The organizers of the tournament, Dmytro Scherbakov and Maksim Urakin, previously stated the need to popularize squash in particular and sports in general through organizing tournaments and attracting Ukrainian business to support sports. The main goal of the tournament, according to the organizers, was to strengthen sports and cultural ties between the countries and sports players, to popularize and develop squash in Ukraine, as well as to improve the skill level of young squash players.

Some 150 participants competed for awards in eight categories. The winners of the competition became:

Men (PRO Category):

First place – Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt);

Second place – Clegg David (Australia);

Third place – Dmytro Scherbakov Jr. (Ukraine).

Women (PRO Category):

First place – Anastasiya Kostiukova (Ukraine);

Second place – Sofiya Zrazhevska (Ukraine);

Third place – Olga Khmelevskaya (Belarus).

Men (Amateurs category):

First place – Oleksiy Alekseyenko (Ukraine);

Second place – Jack Lake (England);

Third place – Yevhen Popko (Ukraine).

Men (Category 40+):

First place – Kostiantyn Rybalchenko (Ukraine);

Second place – Tymofiy Zheludkov (Ukraine);

Third place – Thornton Ben (England).

Men (Category 45+):

First place – Viktor Kovalchuk (Ukraine);

Second place – Oleksandr Kostevych (Ukraine);

Third place – Dmytro Baluta (Ukraine).

Women (Amateurs category):

First place – Olha Zadorozhna (Ukraine);

Second place – Maryana Batrshina (Ukraine);

Third place – Valentyna Khomovska (Ukraine).

Youth tournament (Category BU-15):

First place – Roman Shkarupylo (Ukraine);

Second place – Artem Panchenko (Ukraine);

Third place – Danylo Kuryliak (Ukraine).

Category GU-15:

First place – Anastasiya Krykun (Ukraine);

Second place – Yelyzaveta Suprun (Ukraine);

Third place – Khrystyna Beheba (Ukraine).

Tournament organizers and sponsors:

Zenit Black Sea Open is the largest international squash tournament in the history of independent Ukraine. The scale of the championship is demonstrated both by the number of countries and participants, and by the large number of organizations involved in the preparation and holding of competitions.

The main organizer and fitness partner of the event was traditionally the national chain of fitness centers number one “Sport Life,” as well as the MaxEvents company.

The title sponsor was the SOCAR fuel and energy company.

The championship is sponsored by SOLARIS AGROLUX, TecnifibreReima.

Official beer of the tournament is from TERMOPUB.

Official wine partner is SHABO.

The partner of the party and the hotel of the tournament is Premier Hotel Odesa.

The medical partner of the championship is the Adonis medical group.

The fruit partner is USPA fruit.

The main media partner of the tournament is Interfax-Ukraine.

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INTERNATIONAL SQUASH TOURNAMENT IN ODESA TO GATHER 150 ATHLETES FROM OVER TEN COUNTRIES

The 11th International Squash Championship “Zenit Black Sea Open 2021” will take place in Odessa from August 19 to August 22, 2021. The venue will be the SPORT LIFE fitness center at 2 Heavenly Hundred Avenue. The competition will be held with the assistance of the Squash Federation.

In four days of the tournament, some 150 participants will compete for awards in eight categories:

Men – PRO, Amateurs, M40+ and M45+,

Women – PRO and Amateurs,

Juniors – boys and girls under the age of 15.

Organizer of the tournament Dmytro Scherbakov said the main goal of the tournament is to strengthen sports ties between countries and athletes in post COVID-19 period, to develop squash in Ukraine, and to increase the skill level of young squash players.

Co-organizer of the Zenit Black Sea Open 2021 tournament Maksym Urakin said that physical culture and sports in our country need the support from both the government and benefactors.

“The government has almost removed from the development of targeted programs of sports support, we thank our partners and businessmen benefactors for their assistance; athletes and sections, and, therefore, sports of the highest achievements, cannot do without the synergy of the government and business,” Urakin said.

Players from England, Australia, Germany, Wales, Egypt, Romania, the United States, Moldova, Belarus, other countries, as well as athletes from Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Khmelnytsky, Poltava, Kherson and Odesa will participate in the competition.

The tournament is scheduled to open on Thursday, August 19, and the award ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 22, at the five-star Premier Hotel Odesa.

Zenit Black Sea Open is the largest international squash tournament in the history of independent Ukraine. The scale of the championship is demonstrated both by the number of countries and participants, and by the large number of organizations involved in the preparation and holding of competitions.

The main organizer and fitness partner of the event was traditionally the national chain of fitness centers number one “Sport Life,” as well as the MaxEvents company.

The title sponsor was the SOCAR fuel and energy company.

The championship are sponsored by SOLARIS AGROLUX, TecnifibreReima.

Official beer of the tournament is from TERMOPUB.

Official wine partner is SHABO.

The partner of the party and the hotel of the tournament is Premier Hotel Odesa.

The medical partner of the championship is the ADONIS medical group.

The fruit partner is USPA fruit.

The main media partner of the tournament is Interfax-Ukraine.

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NEW SUPPLY OF OFFICE PREMISES LOCATED ON LEFT BANK OF KYIV TO AMOUNT TO EXTRA 20,000 SQ M – EXPERTS

The new supply of office premises located on the left bank of Kyiv in 2021 will amount to only about 20,000 square meters, according to the international consulting company CBRE Ukraine (Kyiv).
According to the company’s report presented during the webinar entitled “Retail Real Estate Market Analytics” on January 27, about 180,000 square meters of new office space are expected to be released on the capital market in 2021, of which only 20,000 square meters are located on the left bank of Kyiv. Among them are office buildings on Bazhana Avenue (11,000 square meters and 6,000 square meters) and the Piramida business center (2,600 square meters).
“A piece of advice to developers: you need to pay attention to the left bank, as 35% of people working in the center live there. The lack of premises on the left bank also affects the fact that people do not want to return to offices, as it takes a lot of time to go to the center. It would be good to develop the left bank as well, which is now happening gradually,” Head of Brokerage at CBRE Ukraine Anna Silvestrova said at the webinar.
According to her, projects with an area of about 20,000 square meters, located near the metro, are optimal for the left bank.
At the same time, rental rates for high-quality class A premises on the left bank will inevitably be lower than for similar properties on the right bank.
“This is unprofitable for developers, since the return on their investment will be much longer and a little more painful,” Silvestrova said.
She said that someone should launch a project that will equalize the rights of the two banks. “I think it is faster to build a business center than the fifth or sixth bridge,” the expert said.
At the same time, CBRE predicts a reduction in new supply in 2023-2024, since many projects in the early stages of construction were canceled or suspended last year.

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KYIV IS IN FRONT OF BUILDING A COMPLICATED, BUT NECESSARY DIALOGUE WITH WARSAW – EXPERT

Kyiv is standing in front of building a complicated, but necessary dialogue with Warsaw, which has reached a dead end in recent years. It is fair to say that both sides derailed the relations between Ukraine and Poland, however, this does not mean that Kyiv should wait for a full or partial reboot of the government in the neighboring country, moreover, this may not happen, according to political expert Valentyn Haidai.
“We should not forget that in both cases with Poland and with Russia one should differ between sociopolitical and economic dialogues. It is no secret that under conditions of political confrontation between the Ukrainian and Russian elites trade and economic cooperation between the two countries is growing. We can see the same situation in case with Poland,” Haidai said in a program on the Expert Club YouTube channel.
In the expert’s opinion, there is no especial confrontation between the political elites of both countries. Poland and Ukraine do not have any territorial disputes, despite the desire to revise the borders by certain marginal circles, or a sharp conflict related to humanitarian policy, as in the case of Hungary.
“Speaking about economic cooperation, it should be noted that it was estimated at more than EUR 7 billion at the beginning of this year, which is EUR 2 billion more than in 2015, and it continues growing even during the coronavirus pandemic. Ukrainian export to Poland has increased, just the same as Polish import to Ukraine did. An increase in trade, in particular, was registered in the following segments: mineral fertilizers, textile, mechanical and electric equipment, animal fat and metal goods. In addition, Ukraine is one of the largest recipients of Polish food. According to Statistics Poland, export of agricultural goods to Ukraine has grown by more than 20%,” the political expert said.
As of the end of 2019, more than 400 joint enterprises operated in Ukraine and Poland in machine building, consumer goods and food industry, agriculture, etc. Cultural and scientific cooperation continues. Poland, which has a range of grant and scholarship programs, including the Eastern Studies, Stipend for Young Researchers and Krzysztof Skubiszewski Scholarship programs, is traditionally preferred by Ukrainian school graduates, postgraduate students and scientists.
“The problem is that if liberal Trzaskowski won, it is highly probable that Warsaw would take a step forward towards the normalization of relations with Kyiv on its own, while after the victory of conservative Duda in the presidential election the search for compromises was put off,” Haidai said.
The full interview is available on the Expert Club YouTube channel

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EXPERTS ANALYZE STAPLE FOOD AND GIVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS – VIDEO

In the second part of an educational video made by the Expert Club about nutrition, veganism and vegetarianism, Doctor of Biological Sciences Sviatoslav Morozov and healthy nutrition expert Veronika Vero, who promotes vegetarianism, analyzed staple food that is traditionally consumed by Ukrainians.
The experts came to the conclusion that consumption of sausages and sausage products, as well as cakes, some sorts of sweets and canned herrings could be harmful. They also recommended to eat more fruit and vegetables, as well as limit consumption of bread, flour products and bacon.
Honey, dried fruit, raisings, seasonal fruit and vegetables were highly recommended by the experts.
In addition, the experts cast doubt on benefits from regular consumption of dairy products since quality of the raw material (milk) raises questions, while lactose intolerance among many people makes consumption of such products even detrimental.
Doctor of Biological Sciences Sviatoslav Morozov said that food producers aspire to reduce their products’ cost value and often ignore the harm they may cause to consumers’ health.
Otherwise, they will be simply unable to withstand the market competition.
“Speaking about monotonous diet for farm animals and various chemical additives, they are used not to poison consumers. Nobody pursues such a goal. The task is different – to cut the cost value and make products with a very long shelf life, while it is a big question whether this is useful or at least safe for human body,” Morozov said.
The full video is available on the Expert Club YouTube channel
Veronika Vero, a vegetarian and healthy nutrition expert, spent more than eight years of training at the research and development center. She is the author of several programs, seminars, as well as physical, mental and energy retreats.
Sviatoslav Morozov is a scientist with 30 years of experience, a Doctor of Biological Sciences and the author of a series of trainings, titled “Survival in a Megalopolis.”

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MEDIEVAL COMBAT FEASIVAL «THE CALL OF HEROES»

On September, 19 and 20 in the «Kyivan Rus Park» the Medieval Combat Festival «The Call of Heroes» known worldwide will take place!
The best fighters of Ukraine will enter the Big tilting-yard and will lead full contact fights in knightly armor and with real medieval weapons!
Competitions will be held according to the rules of medieval combat, in the format of single fights “shield-sword” and group battles “5 х 5. The co-organizer of the competition is the Ukrainian Federation of Medieval Combat.
Sportsmen will put on heavy metal armors and show their prowess fighting with real medieval weapons made according to historical patterns. Those will not be staged battles, but real medieval battles!
Between the fights – an entertaining program, introducing the history and traditions of Kyivan Rus, horse shows, flash mobs and master-classes, contests and lotteries. And in the evening real delight and admiration will be provided by the bright shots of the fireballs from the Trebuchet.
The event will be carried out in accordance with the quarantine measures.
Ancient Kyiv opens at 10:00, the program will begin at 14:00.
The ticket price: a full adult ticket – 250 UAH, for pensioners and students – 150 UAH, for schoolchildren – 80 UAH, for preschool children – for free.
Ancient Kyiv in the «Kyivan Rus Park» is located in Kyiv region, Obukhiv district, the vill. Kopachiv.
Details on the website www.parkkyivrus.com
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