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Ukraine wrestler Belenyuk grapples prejudice, funding woes before Rio

Zhan Belenyuk (L) of Ukraine and Roberti Kobiashvili of Georgia compete in the 85kg category final at the Greco-Roman Wrestling European Championships in Riga, Latvia, on March 13, 2016Taunted as a child over his Rwandese background, Greco-Roman wrestler Zhan Belenyuk has shrugged off the insults to become one of Ukraine’s leading Olympic medal hopes. Belenyuk’s father Vincent, who studied aviation in the former Soviet Union, was killed in Rwanda’s civil war in the 1990s. Belenyuk grew up in the Ukrainian capital and proudly went on to represent his homeland.

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