“I want to defend my country from Russia”: Ukrainian Paralympian Yevhen Bohodayko Auctions off 2020 Gold medal to support armed forces in war

Ukrainian Paralympian Yevhen Bohodayko will be auctioning off his gold medal in order to raise funds for armed forces in his country.

Yevhen Bohodayko, Tokyo Paralympic champion
Yevhen Bohodayko, Tokyo Paralympic champion

A Ukrainian Paralympian, Yevhen Bohodayko, is all set to auction off his 2020 Tokyo gold medal in order to support the armed forces during the current Russian invasion of Ukraine. As violence continues to plague Eastern Europe, several efforts are being made to raise funds for the armed forces amidst this war.

Bohodayko became Paralympic champion and won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB6 category. The medal will fetch a hefty sum that will be used as funds for the armed forces. According to the mirror.co.uk, Bohodayko will also volunteer with is local non-combat forces.

“If you need help, get involved”: Paralympian Yevhen Bohodayko to help Ukraine by auctioning medal

Yevhen Bohodayko, Tokyo Paralympic champion
Yevhen Bohodayko, Tokyo Paralympic champion

Bohodayko will also reportedly be responsible for collecting and donating medication in his home city of Poltava. He will also be responsible for transferring various products from warehouses to the army.

In a recent interview, Paralympian Bohodayko said that he was eager to help his country against Russia. “I respect that the athletes are raising their hats for the Ukrainians. Nobody can sit with their hands clasped,” he said praising fellow athletes as well. “Now, at such a folding hour for our country, we are becoming stronger. We are a nation, a tougher nation! Victory is upon us! Everything will be good. If you need help, get involved.”

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