Belarus described as one of sports centers in EurasiaBelarus has become one of the sports centers in Eurasia, Belarus President, President of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko said at the Olympic Assembly of Belarus' NOC on 30 May, BelTA informs.
“Our country has become one of the sports centers in Eurasia hosting international competitions of the highest level at its stadiums. In two years Belarus will host the European Games, the IIHF World Championship will take place in our country in 2021,” the president noted.
Alexander Lukashenko remarked that sport is also part of big politics, there were attempts to put pressure on countries and to prevent Belarus from hosting international competitions. “However, in this situation we have managed to turn the events around and get the right to host very serious competitions, even the European Games and the IIHF World Championship within a short period of time,” he said.
The president once again warned people against the attempts to personify these achievements. “This is our common achievement, the achievement of our state and people,” the Belarusian leader stressed.
Speaking about the previous Olympic cycle and the situation in sport, Alexander Lukashenko not only mentioned existing problems but also spoke about certain positive things.
“There were many good things. It is great that Belarus is one of the top 20 sports countries in the world, it is even one of the top 10 countries in certain sports. These are big achievements, and they mean a lot,” the Belarusian leader noted. He stressed that the country managed to preserve the state system of supporting physical education and sport.
“In spite of all difficulties, we continue to build and renovate sports facilities not only in the capital city but also in all regions,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
In his words, a healthy life style becomes more and more popular with people. Besides, the economic component of the sports industry has stabilized.
Belarus' NOC has acquired financial stability and strengthened its authority in the international arena.