Ukrainian athletes in the war against Russia: “I’m not afraid”

Beleniuk, the Kyiv-born son of a Rwandan father and a Ukrainian mother, is a member of parliament for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s party. “Many people know me and come to me with their requests. They ask for weapons, medicine or food. And I try to forward them to the appropriate places,” said the two-time world champion. On his Instagram account, the 31-year-old provides information about the current situation and criticizes the invaders. He also spoke to police forces “to give them courage and to show them our gratitude”.

Gun instead of tennis racket

Like Beleniuk, many current and former athletes are trying to help – some even taking up arms – in their country after the Russian invasion. Ex-tennis pro Sergej Stachowski volunteered as a reservist. “I have no military experience, but I have private experience with a weapon,” he said Sky Sports.

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