5 April 2018
This year the ceremony was dedicated to the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace with the concept of Olympic Values. It took place at the heart of the capital in Ukrainian House on 4 April, welcoming dozens of athletes and coaches, as well as politicians, show biz stars and media, who came to celebrate the ‘Heroes’ ceremony.
The boxer Oleksandr Khyzhniak (75 kg) (World and European Champion in boxing, named AIBA best boxer of the year 2017) and the fencer Olga Kharlan (World Champion in individual fencing, sabre) awarded as the best male and female athletes of the year.
“Athletes play special role in society as the role models for youngsters. Sport has great power and athletes are real heroes we are proud for”, - said Sergey Bubka – Ukrainian NOC President, IOC Executive Board Member and Olympic Champion who initiated “Heroes of Sport Year” ceremony in 2005.
As “Heroes of Sports Year” is not only great sport event, but also important social ceremony the NOC of Ukraine invited as special guests the children with oncological diseases who had been taken under the patronage of NOC of Ukraine in co-operation with National Cancer Institute and charity foundations. The kids who have already reached the most important victory of life they have overcome a serious illness and even won the competitions of the OncoOlympiad. Famous Olympians and NOC Athletes’ Commission members warmly congratulated kids on the stage and presented them Olympic equipment for future life and sport victories. The National Olympic Committee also provided financial assistance to the charity foundations for the needs of the Children's Department of the National Cancer Institute.