Calculating and waiting
92 days are left until the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
Olympic stela in Minsk
Qualification competitions in many sports will continue until July so there is still time for more athletes to qualify. Alexander Shamko, Minister for Sports and Tourism, believes that it wouldn’t be a catastrophe if the numbers remained at the same level. “Before the Sochi Winter Olympics, there were many comments about the country with the lowest number of participants and in the end, their result was the best in the history of its performance. With this in mind, we are not planning to bring as many sportsmen as possible to Rio de Janeiro. We’ve decided for example, that the men’s sporting gymnastic team won’t take part in the qualification competition as they’re unlikely to achieve great results in Rio (even if they manage to meet the standard). Participation of young people in the Olympics is a priority as they need experience of performing in a high level event, veterans, even though they are keen to be included, may not be first choice,” he says.
By Igor Grishin