Ľubomнr Pokovič: ‘I support Belarus and Slovakia’
Fans’ sympathies for the head coach of Dinamo Minsk, Ľubomнr Pokovič, are distributed equitably between the national teams of Belarus and Slovakia at the World Championship
Fans’ sympathies for the head coach of Dinamo Minsk, Ľubomнr Pokovič, are distributed equitably between the national teams of Belarus and Slovakia at the World Championship. The Slovak trainer of the Belarusian club KHL told about that after one of the tournament matches.
Ľubomнr Pokovič watches the matches of all the teams with interest. In his opinion, in the World Championship there is no strongly notable dominance of the European or North American hockey schools. “It is difficult to say who is ahead, because we do not have such a difference as we did 20-30 years ago. For example, the Russians play perfectly. On the other hand, the USA team, as it seems, also plays well, but conceded to the same Russians. Canada began badly, but then its hockey players improved. In general, there is no ability to decide which continental school is stronger or weaker,” the trainer is sure.
Ľubomнr Pokovič said that he follows the hockey players of Dinamo Minsk in national teams of Belarus and Norway, and also the club’s Slovak recruit, Ivan Švarnэ, however he did not begin to estimate the actions of any of them, having noted that now they are under direction of the trainers of their national teams who set their own tasks before the players.
The Dinamo instructor especially noted that the Ice Hockey World Championship is held in Minsk at a high organisational level. Ľubomнr Pokovič noted the compactness of the carrying out of the championship, calling it one of main advantages of the tournament. According to him, a big plus for the experts is that they have time to move from Minsk-Arena to Chizhovka-Arena, in order to personally observe the day and evening battles of various teams and participants from beginning to end.