Kharkiv Governor Yulia Svitlichna met with the all-conquering players of Kharkiv Olymp Rugby Club on 10 November as celebrations continued to mark the team’s clean sweep of domestic Ukrainian honors. This season Kharkiv Olymp claimed the Rugby Sevens and national rugby championships as well as both Ukrainian cups, making it one of the most successful years in the club’s history. Governor Svitlichna toasted the team’s achievements and said the players were ambassadors for Kharkiv excellence.
“Many Kharkivites follow your matches closely and throw their energy into supporting Olymp. You have lived up to their expectations,” said the Governor. “This success is down to talent, character and the fighting qualities displayed by each and every one of the Kharkiv Olymp team. This achievement is a reflection of the support the team receives from the club’s president.”
Governor Svitlichna also pointed to the prominence of Kharkiv players within the national team setup as a source of regional pride. “It is particularly pleasing for me to note that the backbone of the Ukrainian national rugby team features Kharkiv Olymp players. The whole city is proud of the Olymp team and the standards you have set. You have lived up to your name and reached new heights.”
Club president Oleksandr Yaroslavsky thanked Governor Svitlichna and shared his own sense of pride in the latest Kharkiv Olymp achievements. “I am particularly proud that the club has become something of a brand name. Over the thirteen years that I have been involved with the club, we have always worked according to the philosophy that you should try to be successful in everything you undertake. We see the results of this approach today.”
As part of the official ceremony, Olymp players received commemorative watches and a trophy featuring details of this season’s achievements. For their part, Kharkiv Olymp players presented Governor Svitlichna with a souvenir Ukrainian national team jersey and bearing her name along with player signatures.
This season’s exploits are the latest chapter in the eastern Ukrainian club’s domination of the domestic rugby scene. Kharkiv Olymp has won a total of thirteen national championships as well as eight victories in the Rugby Sevens championship together with five Rugby Sevens cup triumphs and nine National Cup wins.