Girls to play at home
Belarus hosting elimination tournament for World Women’s Handball Cup play-offs, in Minsk, on December 2nd-4th
Countries hosting elimination tournaments have been named by the EHF headquarters in Vienna. Other hosts include Slovakia, Faroe Islands, and Italy.
In Group II, alongside Belarus, teams from Turkey, Switzerland and Kosovo will be fighting to enter the knockout stage. The two best teams of this quartet will continue to battle for a place in the 2017 World Cup. The EHF has cancelled away matches, preferring two-round tournaments. The Belarusian Handball Federation reports that the Palace of Sports in Minsk is likely to host the teams.
Victory in season’s first friendly match
Minsk’s Dinamo ice hockey players beat Yugra in friendly match, 3:1, all three pucks delivered by defencemen
Nick Bailen delivered the first puck, in the 7th minute of the match, held in Molodechno, following an excellent push from mid distance in the guest zone. In the second period, Nikita Ustinenko also scored and, in the final twenty minutes of play, Vitaly Shulakov made a precise shot for Yugra, taking the score to 1:2. Just one minute later, Ilya Shinkevich delivered another puck, which resulted in a final score of 3:1.
From August 4th-7th, Dinamo will be participating in a tournament in Moscow. Minsk’s ice hockey players will face local Dinamo and Spartak teams. Between August 14th and 18th, the ‘bisons’ will take part in the Latvian Railways Cup, playing against Riga’s Dinamo, Kazan’s Ak Bars and Yaroslavl’s Lokomotiv. Dinamo will play the first match of the new KHL season on September 6th, away, against Moscow’s Spartak.
Pentathletes claim double gold
Belarusian pentathletes win two gold medals at Youth European Championship in Spain’s Sant Boi
In the individual classification, Ivan Khamtsov ranked first, with 1,170 points. In the intermediate protocol, before running and shooting, he ranked second, but managed to surpass Russia’s Andrey Zuev and Italy’s Giorgio Malana in the final stage. Earlier this season, Khamtsov took silver at the Youth World Championship in Ireland’s Limerick. Another Belarusian athlete, Nikita Gornostaev, entered the top five, while Yevgeny Orel finished 11th in the individual classification. As a team, the Belarusian athletes also won gold.
By Alexey Grishin