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Mixed martial arts fighter Yaroslav Amosov fight a hard fight. The 28-year-old Ukrainian is on the front lines defending his country from Russian invasion. With an impressive record of 26 wins and zero defeats, his sports career is currently on hold due to the war. A few days ago, Amosov uploaded a picture to his Instagram where he can be seen holding up his championship belt in his military uniform and surrounded by other soldiers.
dynamo as he is also known, had entrusted the belt to his family, which accredits him as the Bellator MMA World Champion. After his mother took him to an air raid shelter in the city of Irpin, which was badly hit by Russian troops, Amosov retrieved the precious object.
On the social networks of Bellator and Scott Coker his CEO, you can watch the exact moment when Yaroslav Amosov regains the belt he won on June 11, 2021 by defeating Brazilian Douglas Lima and which he has been defending ever since.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) April 1, 2022
The fighter had his next fight scheduled for May 13 against the Englishman Michael Page in London.
The Impact of the War on Sport in Ukraine
The story of Yaroslav Amosov is not the only one. Last week FIFA conducted the group draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. There we were reminded that some countries are vying for the last tickets to attend the most anticipated sporting event in the world. One such country is Ukraine, who will face Scotland in the UEFA play-offs in a game postponed indefinitely due to the war. Sporting activities have come to a complete standstill in the country besieged by the Russian onslaught, and elite athletes who until a few weeks ago competed in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and major international tournaments have had to change their sports uniforms. by the military.
Professional athletes who joined the army to defend their country include biathlete Dmytro Pidruchnyi, tennis player Serhiy Stakhovskiy, boxers Vasyl Lomanchenko, Oleksandr Usyk and brothers Vitali and Vladimir Klitschko, footballers Oleksandr Aliyev, Mykhailo Kopolovets, Oleh Luzhnyi and football coach Yuri Vernydub Others.
What Ukraine’s defense minister says is that any man between the ages of 18 and 60 can be recruited to defend his country against the Russian onslaught, which has already lasted 41 days.
Unfortunately, some of the athletes who fought to defend their country lost their lives. Among them are footballers Vitalii Saplyo, Dmytro Martynenko and 19-year-old biathlete Yevhen Malyshev.
It is estimated that this war took the lives of more than 13,000 people, including military and civilians.