“Nobody Can Get Any Sleep”- Ukrainian Paralympians Struggling With Worrying Thoughts About Home at Beijing Paralympics 2022

Published 03/10/2022, 9:30 AM EST
Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Biathlon – Men’s Middle Distance Sitting – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 8, 2022. Taras Rad of Ukraine crosses the finish line to win the bronze medal. REUTERS/Issei Kato
The current European crisis is just a disappointing state of affairs for everyone involved with Ukraine. Despite that, Paralympians have come from Ukraine to take part in the 2022 Beijing Paralympics. But, most athletes cannot get sleep, thinking about the crisis.

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Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Sprint Sitting Final – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 9, 2022. Taras Rad of Ukraine and Wang Tao of China in action. REUTERS/Issei KatoOne of the country’s finest athletes, Rad spoke about the situation the athletes are in, right now. With the current crisis happening in their homeland, athletes are finding it hard to get some sleep.

Paralympians not able to sleep

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Taras Rad, the Paralympian who already has two medals to his name, opened up on the difficulties faced by him and other athletes. Not being able to sleep is a major issue. As he talked about being sleep-deprived at the Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022. The ongoing crisis has caused many athletes to shift their focus to other interests. The safety and security of their family members are important as Rad talked about the situation.

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“It’s super difficult. Nobody can get any sleep. You have your phone besides you and you can’t help but scroll to know what’s happening. And when you do get some sleep, you’re so worried that you wake up in the middle of the night… every time I go back to the (Olympic) village, first thing I do is call up my family,” said Rad.

Despite those troubles, the country currently sits third in the medals tally, with six gold medals. But, with their family back in their homeland, it is a tense situation for everyone.

Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games – Para Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Sprint Sitting Qualification – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – March 9, 2022. Taras Rad of Ukraine in action. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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The Ukrainian team has extended their support to the athlete. Meanwhile, Grygorii Vovchynskyi won the bronze medal for the sprint free-standing event and loved what he achieved. The Paralympian opened up on his country’s current situation and compared the bronze medal to winning gold.

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“I’ve been giving it all for my country. I represent Ukraine. I love Ukraine. Given everything that’s been happening, this is my gold medal,” said Vovchynskyi.

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It is just a tough time for everyone involved and all our prayers are with the people of Ukraine.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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