- Among them are 21 Olympians including Rio 2016 silver medalist Orlando Ortega, race walker Álvaro Martín and long jumper Eusebio Cáceres.
- National coach José Peiró confirmed that 70 Spanish athletes are to compete at the meeting.
- Ukraine recently received 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Spain.
The Ukraine team has been invited to compete at the Ibero American Athletics Championships that will be held in Alicante
This is according to the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation President Raúl Chapado, in a statement revealing they can compete due to training at facilities in Spain for two months and have been asked to take part in the event running from May 20 to 22.
“A group of Ukrainian athletes of the highest level will come to La Nucía, among whom are high jumpers of more than 2.40 meters and women jumpers of more than 2.00m, a long jumper of the length of 8.23m,” said Chapado.
He added that the athletes who will be able to compete at the #theAlcante2022 will automatically become part of the parade
“Will be able to compete in the Ibero-American #Alicante2022, they will be part of the parade and they will be one of us”.
The Athletes are set to train during the summer season at the Ciudad Deportiva Camilo Cano facilities and are due to be joined by coaches and families who have fled Ukraine.
The long jumper is believed to be European indoor and outdoor bronze medalist Serhiy Nykyforov.
World indoor and two-time European silver medallist Andriy Protsenko and world indoor champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh look likely to travel to Spain too.
Who will be attending?
National coach José Peiró confirmed that 70 Spanish athletes are to compete at the meeting.
Among them are 21 Olympians including Rio 2016 silver medalist Orlando Ortega, race walker Álvaro Martín and long jumper Eusebio Cáceres.
Puerto Rican Olympic hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Rio 2016 pole vault gold medalist Thiago Braz from Brazil are also expected to compete.
There are more than 500 athletes from 24 countries set to compete at the Ibero-American Athletics Championships, generally attended by Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking African countries as well as Spain, Portugal, and Latin American nations.
Ukraine recently received 10 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Spain.
This operation was kick-started by International Olympic Committee member Juan Antonio Samaranch at the request of the President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, Sergey Bubka.
The aid was given to the Transcarpathian County Military Administration to help displaced people.
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