Belarus in anticipation of 2018 Christmas hockey tournament

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Belarus in anticipation of 2018 Christmas hockey tournament

Belarus is waiting for big hockey. On January 4, an international Christmas amateur tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus will begin in Minsk. 

This competition is also called an unofficial world championship for amateur teams. Belarus at the tournament will traditionally be presented by the team of the head of state. The United Arab Emirates were the first to participate in the competition. In addition to athletes, fans come to Belarus. To cross the Belarusian border, they do not need a visa in their passports.

Said Al-Nuaimi, striker of the United Arab Emirates team: 
We are taking part in the Christmas tournament for the fourth time. For us, this is a great opportunity to meet players from different countries. Among them are many former professional hockey players. It's really a great experience.

The Christmas tournament will be held for the 14th time already. As in January 2017, the teams will meet at Chizhovka-Arena. All in all, eight teams will be competing for the top prize.

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