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Sports Minister visits training camp of Belarus' canoeing national team

Belarusian rowers were honored for the past achievements of the season and wished future successes. The Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, Alexander Shamko, visited the training camp of the national team of canoeists and kayakers in Brest.

Already after August 20 coach Vladimir Shantarovich's charges will take part in the World Championship in the Czech Republic, where Belarusian athletes are going to prove their high class and level of rowing.

Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus:
Shantarovich's men are doing good work in the preparation of the national team and in the training of the sports reserve. I think the medals that they bring from both junior and youth championships prove it.

Vladimir Shantarovich, head coach of the Belarus national rowing and canoeing team:
A very important moment in the Olympic cycle, especially in the first year, is the selection work that we must carry out. These are the athletes who would like to get into the first team. Therefore, the most important thing is not to make any mistakes here, so that many hopefuls are noticed.

On the eve Brest hosted a ceremony to honor rowers, kayakers and canoeists and members of youth teams for achievements at international tournaments of world and European level.

Tatsiana Klimovich, winner of the Junior World Rowing Championship:
The Junior World Championship is our main competition of the season. We were training hard and preparing well but could not get to the top. We worked hard, we put a lot of energy into it. And here it is - the medal. Of course, it was very nice.

Sports Minister visits training camp of Belarus' canoeing national team