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Ukraine only has one participant in the opening ceremonies of Paralympic Games

Mykhaylo Tkachenko
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According to the Canadian Press on Friday, Ukraine only had one participant in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The Ukrainian decision to have a single participant was in protest to Russian troops in the Ukranian peninsula at the present time.

The Ukraininan representative was biathlete Mykhaylo Tkachenko. Despite the tension currently between Ukraine and Russia, the 23 athlete contingent from Ukraine is set to participate at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. However, the Ukrainian delegation plans to pull their athletes out of Sochi if the tensions escalate.

The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games is going from March 7-16 in Sochi, Russia. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia is 475 kilometres from Sochi.

The Canadian government meanwhile is watching the Ukraine-Russia political conflict closely, but does not intend to pull their athletes.

On day one on Saturday, team Canada plays Sweden in sledge hockey, and Great Britain and Russia in wheelchair curling. There are also downhill events in men's and women's alpine skiing, and six medal events in biathlon.