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    Ukrainian Boxer Fights Through the Challenges of War on Her Way to the Paris Olympics

    Ukrainian Boxer Fights Through the Challenges of War on Her Way to the Paris Olympics

    KYIV, — In a modest gym in the heart of Kyiv, boxer Anna Lysenko dedicates long hours preparing for next year's Olympics despite the unsettling sounds of explosions booming outside.

    Lysenko already has Olympic experience, nearly winning a medal at the Tokyo Games in 2021, but her training routine this time has been disrupted by the war in Ukraine — that started nearly 17 months ago when invaded her country.

    In a well-lit, spacious gym with high windows, she often hears bombs exploding outside as the capital remains a target for the Russian .

    “It's stifling. It probably doesn't allow me to feel at peace, to train and prepare in a measured way,” Lysenko said, wearing an orange sports jacket with “Tokyo 2020″ on the back, reminiscent of a calmer training routine.

    “Constant shelling, or other stresses associated with the situation in the country, always seem to be present.”

    Despite these challenges, the 31-year-old Lysenko refuses to give up on her training. She has already sacrificed almost 10 years of her life for the sport, reaching the quarterfinals in Tokyo but missing out on an Olympic medal after losing to the eventual gold medalist. Knowing the Paris Games may be her last, she perseveres, training six days a week hoping to get better, to get faster, to win.

    Her chances of competing in Paris, however, remain uncertain.

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