Ukrainian Paralympic medalist Yevhen Bohodayko is auctioning off the gold medal he won at Tokyo 2020 with the proceeds donated to his home country’s armed forces as they continue to fight Russian forces.
As violence continues in Eastern Europe, the sports world’s efforts to support Ukraine have stepped up, and the selfless Bohodayko is the latest to raise money in an effort to protect his country
Two years ago, he claimed the top prize in the SB6 100m breaststroke, an award that will now be given away for a substantial sum for the benefit of the army.
That’s according to Zorya Londonskywho also claimed that Bohodayko volunteers with his local non-combat unit.
In his roles, he will collect and deliver aid and medicines in his native Poltava, a city in central Ukraine.
Bohodayko, 27, will also be partially responsible for delivering various products from warehouses to the military.
In an interview with Ukrainian Voguehe has opened up that he wants to do his part for his country while the attack of Vladimir Putin’s forces is underway.
“I respect the athletes putting their hats on the Ukrainians,” he said.
He added: ‘Now, at such a hit hour for our country, we are getting stronger.
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‘We are a nation, a tougher nation! The victory is ours! Everything will be fine. If you need help, join us.”
Bohodayko took Ukraine’s first gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, where he won the 100m swim.
In total, he owns nine Paralympic medals, including two gold medals from London 2012.
There he won the SB6 100 breaststroke and SM7 200 individual medley.