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Thursday, July 27, 2000
Ukraine to send 234 athletes to Sydney

 KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine will send 234 athletes to compete in 27 sports at the Sydney Olympics.

 The delegation will be almost exactly the same size as that which competed in 1996 in Atlanta in 24 various sports, winning nine gold, two silver and 12 bronze medals.

 The figures were released at a session of Ukraine's Olympic organizing committee by Ivan Fedorenko, chairman of the national Olympic Committee, the Interfax news agency reported.

 The Ukrainian government has decided that gold winners at this year's games will be given a prize of up to $50,000, silver up to $30,000 and $20,000 for bronze winners.

 The prize money reflects Ukraine's sports ambitions: The allocation for gold winners, for instance, equals that being offered by much-larger Russia and the allocations for silver and bronze medals winners were even higher than Russia's.
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