Athletes of War

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“The world needs to see this film!”

Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA

“Ukraine’s Dead Athletes Haunt 2024 Olympics”

Aliide Naylor, CEPA Washington DC


A gripping, emotional documentary about the Russian Invasion of Ukraine seen from a unique perspective; Ukrainian Olympic Athletes.

These athletes are talented and dedicated, many of them prodigies in their sport. But their daily lives and training is senselessly disrupted due to the ongoing conflict. Some lose their homes, their training centers. Others train with no electricity, scarce food, and under threat of missile strikes. Many of them put on a uniform and join Ukrainian forces on the front lines. Some never come back. When news breaks that the IOC will allow Russian athletes to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics while a raging war cripples Ukraine, it's an ironic twist, and a huge blow to the Ukrainian team. They struggle with the idea of competing against Russian athletes who support the war, especially after witnessing the injustices, crimes and devastation caused by the war. The athletes are determined to show the world that they are more than just athletes, they are also soldiers defending their nation from Russian aggression.

As the Olympics draw near, they realize that their biggest opponent may not be the Russian athletes, but the emotional and physical scars of war that continue to haunt them.

Athletes of War is a powerful story about the resilience of the human spirit, the importance of teamwork, national identity, and the unifying power of world sports. It is a film that will inspire and touch audiences, showing that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope for a brighter future.

Ukraine’s Dead Athletes Haunt 2024 Olympics

By Aliide Naylor CEPA

Russian and Belarusian athletes will be in Paris for this year’s summer games after the International Olympic Committee ruled they could compete as “neutrals”. Many of their Ukrainian opponents are dead.

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