“We’ll be able to conduct competitions at the highest level as well as youth and junior events, including world championships. We have everything in place for this.” noted the head coach of the Belarusian national athletics team, Igor Sivodedov.
Everything required for competitions and training will be created at the stadium. In addition, the sporting facilities will be available not only for professional athletes. “This will give an impetus to the development of athletics in Belarus,” emphasised Mr. Sivodedov. Igor Karpenko, the Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee, commented in an interview to journalists that the reconstruction of the stadium will promote the development of the city’s sport and tourism infrastructure. For example, the bowl of Olympic fire which was used to light the flame in 1980, will be preserved. A small museum will be on the premises, enabling visitors to learn in detail about the many years of history of the sports facility. One of the major conditions of the renovation was to preserve the stadium’s major historical and cultural value — the archway and the entrance arch in particular.
By Yegor Leshin