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Ihor Hotsul

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Ihor Hotsul
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Native nameГоцул Ігор Євгенійович
Born (1965-03-14) 14 March 1965 (age 59)
Odesa, Ukrainian SSR
🏡 ResidenceKyiv, Ukraine
🏳️ NationalityUkrainian
🎓 Alma materKyiv National University of Construction and Architecture
💼 Occupation
🏛️ Political partyPeople's Front (Ukraine)
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Ihor Yevgeniyovych Hotsul (Ukrainian: Ігор Євгенійович Гоцул, born 14 March, 1965) is the President of Ukrainian Athletic Federation, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, First Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.


Biography[edit]

Hotsul was born in Odesa, his family moved to Kirovohrad shortly afterwards, and there, in 1982, he graduated from school №6.

He took up athletics at school under the guidance of Honored Coach of Ukraine Volodymyr Ivanets. Hotsul got numerous awards in various regional and national competitions.

He kept engaging in sports during his university years at Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture as a referee. He started off as an amateur and gradually became one of the leading experts of the country, then, after getting international recognition, became European Athletics Technical Official.

Hotsul did other helpful work in the athletics area, both in Kirovohrad Oblast and in Ukraine in general. For several years, he was in charge of the regional referee panel, then the local federation, later he became the Vice President of Kirovohrad Oblast Athletic Federation; Hotsul has held the posts of the head of Marketing Commission of Ukrainian Athletic Federation and UAF General Secretary. Thanks to his help, the first international competitions were held in Ukraine, such as 2006 European Cup Combined Events 1° League and 2007 European Cup Winter Throwing in Yalta. European athletic community was rather satisfied with the competitions’ organization level. Ihor Hotsul used to be Ukrainian athletics team’s technical manager during 2004 and 2008 Olympics and during European and World Championships from 2003 to 2008. During years 2005-2008, Hotsul was the Head of the Ukrainian delegation at the European and World Championships.

In 2001 he initiated the restoration of a sports organization “Spartak” in Kirovohrad Oblast. Later, in February, he was elected for the post of the Head of a regional organization. A sports school for children and youth was established as a part of “Spartak”, athletics is still practiced there among other sports.

On November 8, 2012, Ihor Hotsul was elected for the post of the President of Ukrainian Athletic Federation.

As UAF President, he established partnership with national and local government, as well as the NOC of Ukraine. World Youth Championships in Athletics was held in Donetsk in 2013.[1]; as many as three arenas were completely reconstructed in Donetsk. Memorandum on cooperation was signed with “Zaporizhstal” company and a memorandum on cooperation in development and popularization of sport was agreed between “Zirka” football club, UAF and the Governor of Kirovohrad Oblast. Another memorandum on cooperation between UAF, Volyn Oblast Athletic Federation and Ihor Palytsia's “New Lutsk” charitable foundation was signed in 2015. Thanks to these three memorandums, three arenas were reconstructed for the provided budget: “Zaporizhstal” athletic arena in Zaporizhia, “Zirka” stadium in Kropyvnytskyi and “Avanhard” stadium in Lutsk; the construction of various stadiums across Volyn Oblast was arranged, too.[2]

On March 23, 2014, Hotsul was assigned the post of Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, then, on December 18, 2014, the post of First Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

In 2014 Ihor Hotsul was elected as the Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, he was then reelected in 2018.

In August of 2015, Hotsul became a member of the Working Group for the development of EA member federations. In April 2016, he was assigned a post in IAAF World Athletics Series Renovation Advisory Group, in June – in EOC European Union commission[3]

On October 8, 2016, Hotsul was reelected as the President of Ukrainian Athletic Federation.[4]

During Ihor Hotsul’s term of office, UAF became one of the most prosperous institutions of the country. Democratic Change was achieved in both UAF’s constitution and activities, including more freedom for the local federations, limited term of office, gender equality, recognition of the rights of athletes, etc. Thanks to the major sports facilities construction and reconstruction project, around two dozens of new stadiums have been put into operation, which is more than Ukraine has had in 28 years of its independence.

With help of his associates, Ihor Hotsul was able to eliminate the double standards concerning doping in Ukrainian athletics and Ukrainian sport in general[5]. Now UAF constantly cooperates with the Council of Europe, UNESCO, WADA and Athletics Integrity Unit. Hotsul is also the Head of the supervisory board of the National Anti-Doping Organization.

Education[edit]

1982-1987 – Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture, Bachelor’s degree in architecture

1995-2000 – Odessa National Economics University, Bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations

2002-2004 – Kharkiv State Academy of Physical Culture, Master’s Degree in Sports Management

2003 – Internship in the USA for the leaders of the non-government organizations

Graduated from National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine in 2018 with a degree in Public Development[6]. Has Master’s qualification in Public Development.

Awards[edit]

On December 15, 2015, Ihor Hotsul was awarded Oleksiy Butovsky medal by the NOC of Ukraine, an award given to those who have greatly contributed to the Olympic movement in Ukraine.

On June 26, 2016, Hotsul was officially assigned the title of Honored Sports Worker of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko for his great architectural, social-economic, cultural and educational contribution into the country’s life and high professionalism.

In September 2016, Stepan Poltorak, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, awarded Ihor Hotsul with the medal “For the assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine” for his great contribution and support of team Ukraine during 2016 Summer Olympics.

Family[edit]

Wife: Kovalchuk Lesia Pavlivna

Children: Hotsul Eduard Ihorovych (1990), Hotsul Volodymyr Ihorovych (2019)

References[edit]

  1. "DIACK LOOKS FORWARD TO SUCCESSFUL WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – IAAF PRESS CONFERENCE". IAAF. 9 July 2013.
  2. "UKRAINE WILL PLAY MORE ACTIVE PART FOR EUROPEAN ATHLETICS FAMILY". Sergey Bubka. 14 May 2017.
  3. "First Meeting of the New EOC EU Commission in Brussels". EOC EU Office. 26 October 2018.
  4. "Hotsul re-elected as President of Ukrainian Athletics Federation". European Athletics. 11 October 2016.
  5. "Ukraine to intensify fight against doping in sports". Ukrinform. 22 December 2017.
  6. "PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC SERVICE IN UKRAINE: THE STATE OF PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT". NATIONAL ACADEMY FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION under THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE. 7 September 2018.



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