STORY: "It hurt so much, it is as if I had lost a father," said player Danil Kaskov, taking part in a match staged in honor of Andrii Doroshev, who died on June 27 when shells slammed into a residential area of Ukraine's second biggest city.
"I hope he is watching over us from above, that we can make him proud. This tournament is a tribute to him, all the trophies are in his memory. Everything is for him," he told Reuters.
Long proud of its achievements in gymnastics, boxing, soccer and other sports, Ukraine is now counting the terrible cost of the war, now into its fifth month, on its sporting infrastructure and on its sportsmen and women.