Belarusian gymnasts about significance of new Palace of Gymnastics


Belarusian gymnasts about significance of new Palace of Gymnastics

20 years ago, it was even difficult to imagine major international competitions in Belarus.

There were no places to hold them. Today Belarus frequently holds sports championships.  

Marina Goncharova, Olympic silver medalist in rhythmic gymnastics:
We want to acquaint you with our palace, which has recently been opened. Here we have the Walk of Fame. This is not all the cups that we have for the huge number of victories in the rhythmic-sportive gymnastics of the Belarusian team.

Here are photos of our winners and a photo of Marina Lobach. There will be four fields and our national team will train there. The palace has air conditioning, televisions and even roller blinds, which are drawn down to muffle the sound between the fields.

Here our gymnasts will have the opportunity to swim in the pool and steam in the sauna. There also will be a hamam.

The cafe can accommodate 40 persons. It will be mainly for gymnasts, so that it will be convenient to eat here without leaving the palace.

The Palace of Rhythmic Gymnastics is located in a symbolic place. Pobediteley Avenue has rightly been described as the most sports street of the capital.

University of Physical Education, Minsk-Arena, velodrome, centers of football, hockey, rowing, the Sports Palace and the National Olympic Committee building are located here.

And now another “sports pearl” - the Republican Center of Olympic Training in Rhythmic Gymnastics - has appeared on this avenue.

The Belarusian national school of rhythmic gymnastics has long been one of the best in the world. Over the past 10 years, Belarusian female gymnasts have regularly been among the leaders.

The history of success and victorious performances began in 2000. As a result, during this time we have won six medals.

Anastasia Ivannikova, CTV channel:
Numerous cups and awards are only a small part of our victorious history. To add an Olympic medal to this array of awards would be nice. By the way, the idea of building a palace appeared after the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. Then the Belarusian gymnast Inna Zhukova won a silver medal in an individual all-around competition, and the team got a bronze medal in group exercises.

Today, the person whose victories inspired the construction of the Palace of Rhythmic Gymnastics, examines every corner with curiosity and admiration. Inna Zhukova shares her impressions with the CTV Channel crew. She admits that the halls are above any praise. It will be convenient for Belarusian athletes to train here. And she is sure that the guests will come here.

Inna Zhukova, silver medalist of Olympic Games in rhythmic gymnastics:
This place will also be our home. I think we will spend here days and nights honing our skills, training, and making progress. It will be a tremendous motivation for the younger generation.

And the younger generation appreciates it - immediately jokes Svetlana Rudalova, the prize-winner of the world and European championships. She came to look on the new center together with her little daughter. Especially for the photo session Sofia postured as a gymnast and constantly looked at photos with our famous athletes.

I want to become a world champion in rhythmic gymnastics like my mother.

Svetlana Rudalova, winner of world and European Championships in rhythmic gymnastics:
The issue of creating a new complex was very relevant.

It's been a while since the appearance of the idea to its realization. And the project itself underwent changes. The cost was reduced almost twice.

Next to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is our famous Marina Lobach, the mayor of Minsk and the chairman of the Belarusian Gymnastics Association. Alina Kabaeva, the Olympic Champion of 2004 and bronze medalist of 2000, has also arrived.

Alina Kabaeva, Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics (Russia):
It's a pity that there is no Evgenia Pavlina, with whom we were friends. I remember her and love her very much. It is a great honor for me to be here. I'm really very happy.

Belarus President handed the keys to the center to those athletes who represent Belarus today.

After that, every hall was shown to President Alexander Lukashenko. A room for choreography, for warm-ups and for aerobics, a gym, a classroom, a hotel, a dining room and even a medical unit.

Belarusians built this palace collectively. The President personally took part in a republican voluntary working day (Subbotnik). It was then when the Head of State said that there should not be any excesses during the center’s construction.

When it comes to the CIS, similar facilities are located only in Azerbaijan’s Baku and Russia’s Novogorsk. It became a necessity for Belarus long time ago to build such a center of gymnastics.

Training rooms in the older center on vulica Daumana were overcrowded and the complex was quite old, built almost 40 years ago. 

Alexandra Narkevich built a new so-called home for gymnastics along with everyone. She won judges’ hearts at London 2012 and won the silver of the Olympic Games. Today she owns a rhythmic gymnastics school.

You can take up gymnastics at any age: from 3 to 50 years. This is the age of the pupils of Alexandra.

The approach to each group is different. Alexandra says that the school has a good communication with the Olympic Training Center. This means that talented and gifted people will soon be able to appreciate the gracefulness and functionality of the new Palace of Gymnastics.

Alexandra Narkevich, silver medalist of the Olympic Games in rhythmic gymnastics:
There are enough children, but talents must be developed and found. We need to make great efforts. This year, we selected 20 children and will transfer them to the Olympic Training Center.