With the new year comes an exciting new season in international diving. From February 15 to 20, 2021, winners of the Ukrainian Diving Championships 2020, medalists of the past World and European Championships, members of the Ukraine national team, and other strong contenders in the sport will come together at the Liko Sport Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine for the Ukrainian Open Diving Cup (ODC).
Foreigners to Spice Up the Competition
In what looks to be an interesting event, a total of around 20 foreign athletes from Armenia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and the USA (unofficial), will join over 80 locals from Ukraine in the competition.
Winners of Olympic disciplines will also be treated to prizes to further enhance the level of competitiveness of the participants.
With that, it is fitting that the event will be streamed online by the Ukrainian Diving Federation (UDF) on its YouTube channel for fans around the world to enjoy. A surprise also awaits the audience in the form of exciting guest commentators. Make sure to subscribe to the UDF YouTube channel as soon as possible.
Precautionary Measures Set In Place
Since the global pandemic is still persistent, all participants, from athletes to team officials to the organizing committee, will be systematically tested for COVID-19. Only with a negative result would be admitted to the venue.
Further to that, due to local health restrictions, the venue can only accommodate 50 percent of its spectator capacity at the stands. This translates to only 200 guests during the competition.
Ukraine national diving team head coach Tamara Tokmachova shared her thoughts about the event: “This competition is very welcome and long-awaited for us. The organizing committee has been preparing for this for several weeks, and they expect to deliver a well-organized event. World Series legs and the Grand Prix series have been postponed to the upcoming autumn. Athletes have no recourse but to participate in the Ukrainian Open Diving Cup.”
The event will also be extra important for the Ukrainian national diving team. This will be the basis for the selection of participants to various international competitions. Tokmachova adds: “A team will be formed to represent the national diving team of Ukraine for the European Championships in Budapest and the World Cup in Tokyo. The World Cup in April will also be an Olympic qualifier, and we will try to qualify more divers there.”
In total, 13 sets of awards will be at stake in the Ukrainian ODC this year. Features the team event, 1-meter, and 3-meter springboard, platform, synchronized 3-meter springboard, synchronized 10-meter platform, and mixed events. The full schedule of the competition is here:
As mentioned earlier, feel free to catch the event live at the venue. However, make sure to follow the rules of social distancing, as well as wearing protective masks and shoe covers. The address of the Liko Sport Centre is Kyiv, st. Koneva 8 (Entrance from the Federation of Ukraine for Diving).
See you all there!