Strong youth and strong country
Recently, the National Olympic Committee’s Minsk headquarters hosted Alexander Lukashenko’s signing of our official application to participate
It had been some time since so many champions gathered but their inspired faces, smiles and easy chatting showed their delight. Among them were Darya Domracheva, Victoria Azarenko, Alexandra Gerasimenya, Anton Kushnir, Dmitry Dashchinsky, Lyubov Cherkashina, Nikolay Kozeko, Vadim Devyatovsky, Vladimir Shantarovich, Yulia Nesterenko and Valery Shariy: the pride of our nation! Their achievements have made our country known worldwide, creating an image energetic, youthful and sporting.
In his address to those present, the President noted the role played by sport in shaping our image internationally. He underlined, “Sport is the spirit of a nation! Successful performance at international competitions brings state prestige. Your victories are more important than politics!”
Mr. Lukashenko is known as a sporting expert, being personally acquainted with our champions, and with special words for each. Meanwhile, the National Olympic Committee registers success and failure within the international arena.
Laying a bridge to the future and signing our official Belarusian application for the Brazilian Games, the President stressed that he expects results from our athletes and coaches, in return for investments made. “Train seriously. We are behind you. Don’t lose your nerve! Your duty is to perform well at the Olympics. Tell us if you need anything. We’ve constructed many sporting sites and they must be used — to ensure benefit,” he said.
By Sergey Kanashits
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