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Alexander Lukashenko meets with head of International Federation of Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics should be objective, and instead of difficult elements it should strive for femininity, said Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with the president of the International Federation of Gymnastics Morinari Watanabe.

On August 6, the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup ended in Minsk. The competition gathered in the Belarusian capital more than 120 athletes from 23 countries, as well as sports functionaries and specialists.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I saw you on television when you were performing. One thought did not leave me, if absolutely sincere. Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport where there is still a lot of subjectivism. And when I watched you, I thought that maybe you will be the person who will lower this subjectivism and bring it close to zero. It will be hard to eradicate it, but it is necessary to fight it.

You, probably, saw that Belarus keeps its promise. We always deliver on our promises, and all our people who are involved in rhythmic gymnastics also keep their word. And I want to firmly promise you that in this process along this road you will always find support on the part of Belarus and can use it at any time.

As for Belarus itself, I have already thanked you for the fact that the World Cup was held in Belarus. Secondly, I very much hope that you will help us to return to the elite of gymnastics. You know that we had a wonderful school, but, unfortunately, we lost it, unlike in Japan. Your country was on top and stayed on top. Speaking of rhythmic gymnastics, maybe you could turn this sport into something that more resembles art and femininity, without these extra difficulties that simply destroy rhythmic gymnastics.

Alexander Lukashenko, using the opportunity, awarded Morinari Watanabe an honorary badge "For merits in the development of the Olympic movement in the Republic of Belarus". The award was also received by our famous gymnast, and now vice-president of the International Federation and deputy chairman of the Belarusian Gymnastics Association Nelli Kim.

Morinari Watanabe was elected president of the International Federation of Gymnastics in 2016. It is one of the oldest sports organizations in the world. It runs several types of sport: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline jumping, acrobatics and sports aerobics.

Alexander Lukashenko meets with head of International Federation of Gymnastics