At the beginning of summer, the village of Koblevo, Mykolaiv region, held the traditional IX Summer All-Ukrainian Games of Veteran Volleyball. The tournament was dedicated to the memory of Mykhailo Baka. Volleyball veterans of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in the age categories 70+, 75+ and 80+ took part in the competition. The Association of Volleyball Veterans, together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, initiated the match. The officials aimed to promote physical culture and sports, a healthy lifestyle, and sports longevity of Ukrainians. Therefore, volleyball veterans of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute support the state initiative and constantly participate in these competitions. The University administration and the trade unions cared for the teams with the necessary equipment and other training stuff.
As a result, the 75+ age group of volleyball veterans has been the competition leader for four years in a row and has won the Ukrainian Cup forever. Veterans 80+, champions of 2018 and 2019 in their age category, did not lag. This year, volleyball fans enjoyed watching the 70+ team led by Dr. Myhailo Abdulin. The Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute team took 4th place. Unfortunately, they lost in the final part of the competition to the national team from Odessa in a tenacious struggle. Nevertheless, the names of the team coach Professor Ivan Beiko and volleyball players from the best professorial team of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute have included in the book of the Veterans Volleyball Federation “The best volleyball veterans tournaments in Ukraine” as multiple winners of the Cup of Ukraine.
Regular training of our hard-working volleyball players realizes in sports success. Our players know for sure that sport is a powerful source of health and creative energy. And active physical longevity contributes to successful research work. This year our teams have rejuvenated and traditionally returned with victories: the veteran's 80+ team won second place, and the team of 75+ won third place. Volleyball veterans of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute got awarded diplomas and medals.