Ukrainian biathlete Yevhen Maylshev dies in war with Russia
A 19-year-old Ukrainian biathlete was killed fighting invading Russian forces, sports organizations said on Wednesday.
Yevhen Maylshev was killed on Tuesday after taking up arms to defend his homeland against Russian invasion, Athletes of Ukraine and Global Athlete said in a joint statement.
Maylshev once competed in the Ukraine national team and Kharkiv junior team before retiring in 2020, the Ukraine Biathlon Federation told Spanish news site Marca.
“How many more lives must be lost before sport enforces meaningful sanctions?” Athletes of Ukraine and Global Athlete said in their statement.
The groups have criticized the International Paralympic Committee’s decision to continue allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete under neutral flags, saying the punishment does not go far enough.
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“We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Eternal memory,” said the Ukrainian Biathlon Federation.
Maylshev was one of many Ukrainian athletes who joined the fight to protect their homeland.
Ukrainian tennis Star Sergiy Stakhovsky said Tuesday he left his family in Hungary to join the army.