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21.09.2017

Janez Kocijančič: Belarus has experience in holding large-scale sporting events
Janez Kocijančič: Belarus has experience in holding large-scale sporting events There is everything in Belarus to hold the European Games at the highest level, said September 21 Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, Alexander Shamko, at a meeting of the Coordinating Commission of the European Olympic Committees with representatives of the Directorate for the European Games. The meeting participants discussed the organization of the upcoming competitions. This includes the program of the Games, food and accommodation as well as information coverage of the competitions.

12.09.2017

How Minsk celebrated 950th anniversary
How Minsk celebrated 950th anniversary Selfies against the background of hot-air balloons became the most popular photos in Minsk this weekend.  It’s not surprising: when will you have another chance to see so many multicolored hot-air balloons in the sky of a 2-million city? This Festival of Aerostatics must have become the brightest show in the city during Minsk City Day. But there were lots of other events. Minsk turned 950. Absolutely all the couples of young marrieds made a wish to celebrate their golden wedding in 50 years when Minsk turns 1,000.
How will Belarus surprise the world with European Games 2019?
How will Belarus surprise the world with European Games 2019? A fern, a symbol of happiness, will become the logo of the European Games in Belarus. In June 2019, athletes from all over Europe will gather in Minsk to make their dream come true. The opening and closing ceremonies are still a secret for everyone. This is the main intrigue of the event. It is only known that the shows will take place at Dinamo stadium, which is going to be totally renovated for the Games. And there are still so many other things to be done… Anyway, the summer of 2019 promises to be really hot.

11.09.2017

30,000 partake in Minsk Half Marathon on City Day
30,000 partake in Minsk Half Marathon on City Day On September 10, more than 30,000 fans of a healthy lifestyle took part in the largest race in the history of Belarus. According to the tradition, the marathon on the main streets of the capital started at the Palace of Sports. The main distance is 21 km and 100 meters. However, everyone could also choose 10 or 5.5-kilometre track according to their capabilities. The majority of the participants are amateurs. The 2017 edition of the marathon is the third consecutive one.

08.09.2017

Belarus President bashes sports functionaries for athletes' performance
Belarus President bashes sports functionaries for athletes' performance The II European Games should be organized at a decent level, but without excessive pomposity, said Belarus' head of state Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting of the NOC executive committee. The second European Games will be held in Minsk in less than two years. Sports competitions will be held at more than 10 Minsk venues: from Minsk-Arena to the Dinamo stadium. These competitions in Belarus should further consolidate the nation, Alexander Lukashenko stressed on September 7.

06.09.2017

Belarus Premier gives indications to timely complete construction of facilities for European Games 2019
Belarus Premier gives indications to timely complete construction of facilities for European Games 2019 The facilities, which will be involved in the European Games 2019 in Minsk, must be finished in time: no later than the end of 2018.

04.08.2017

Sports Minister visits training camp of Belarus' canoeing national team
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.

19.04.2017

MSLU students to work as volunteers at II European Games 2019
MSLU students to work as volunteers at II European Games 2019 Guests of the European Games 2019 will be met by several thousand volunteers in Minsk. Among them are students from different countries. The majority of volunteers will be the best students of the Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU). Volunteers will be working not only in the sports arena, but also in the press center, the fan village and hotels.

05.04.2017

Alexander Shamko: Belarus takes unprecedented steps for tourism development
Alexander Shamko: Belarus takes unprecedented steps for tourism development Half of the places in hotels by the Augustow Canal and Belovezhskaya Pushcha have been booked for the coming summer season. The attention of foreigners towards these places grows due to the possibility to visit them without visas. After the introduction of the five-day visa free regime, nearly 8,000 tourists came to Belarus through Minsk National Airport.

04.04.2017

Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus
Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus Tourists will be able to stay in Belarus without visas longer, said the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Over 8,000 people visited Belarus visa-free through the National Airport Minsk since the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, 2017. As a result, more business conferences and business forums, cultural and sporting events are now held in the Belarus capital.

03.04.2017

Visa free regime term in Belarus may be increased
Visa free regime term in Belarus may be increased A tourists’ rights protection fund is planned to be established in Belarus. It will help to form a plan of action in case of force majeure events, so that a person can immediately get compensation or chose another place for a holiday. Another thing is that a possibility of increasing the visa free regime term is being worked out for tourists who are planning to visit Belarus. Therefore, more than 8,000 tourists visited Belarus since the introduction of the five-day visa free regime.

28.02.2017

Andrei Gerasimchuk
Minsk to host 2017 Muay Thai World Championships More than 700 participants from 100 countries will take part in the Muay Thai world championships, which will be held in Minsk on 3-12 May. General secretary of the International Federation of Muay Thai (IFMA) Stephan Fox stressed that Belarus is developing sport at all levels, from schools to universities. In addition, despite the small number population, over the last 20 years, Belarusian athletes never dropped below fifth place in the world Muay Thai competitions.

27.02.2017

Teams of Vitebsk region and Presidential Security Service of Belarus win "Minsk Ski Track 2017"
Teams of Vitebsk region and Presidential Security Service of Belarus win "Minsk Ski Track 2017" In good trim. Teams of Vitebsk region and of the Presidential Security Service of Belarus won the winter festival “Minsk Ski Track 2017”. The sports marathon was held in Minsk after a long break. The organizers had no luck with the weather since 2013.

26.02.2017

Results of public contest "Triumph. To Sports Heroes" announced
Results of public contest "Triumph. To Sports Heroes" announced Results of the public contest “Triumph. To Sports Heroes” have been announced. Darya Domracheva and Vladislav Goncharov were named the best sportsmen of Belarus. These are the results of the public contest “Triumph.To Sports Heroes”. Triumphators of Rio and other sportsmen are among the winners too. This was the first time when the sports achievements were judged over a two-year period. Internet users voted for the athletes as well. Public contest “Triumph. To Sports Heroes” has once again gathered the best sportsmen of Belarus.

17.02.2017

Fred Buitenhuis about European taekwondo championship in Belarus
Fred Buitenhuis about European taekwondo championship in Belarus Minsk is preparing to host two significant taekwondo competitions in half a year. From 7 to 16 September, the Belarusian capital will host the European championship in Olympic weights at the Sports Palace. Together with it, the Paralympic European Championship will be held. Preparation for these events was discussed by Belarus' Minister of Sport and Tourism Alexander Shamko with first vice-president of the European Taekwondo Union Fred Buitenhuis.

10.02.2017

Sports science in Belarus aims to improve athletes' performance
Sports science in Belarus tasked with improving athletes' performance Sports science largely determines the performance of Belarusian athletes at the most prestigious competitions. Their successes and failures on February 9 were analyzed at the Board of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Among the hottest topics discussed was the preparation of Belarusians for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. All national teams will receive proper funding, the Sport Ministry assures. Based on past experience it will give special attention to the most successful directions.

28.10.2016

Simplified visa scheme for players, fans at European Games 2019 in Belarus
Simplified visa scheme for players, fans during European Games 2019 in Belarus Participants and fans of European Games 2019 will arrive in Belarus according to a simplified visa scheme, said Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus Alexander Shamko in an interview with the ONT TV channel. The sports official noted that during the Second European Games, Belarus will use the experience of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

25.07.2016

National Olympic Committee building, Belarus
Belarus rowing team disqualified from Rio Olympics This week sad and at the same time scandalous news came from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. The men's canoe team of Belarus has been banned from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

21.07.2016

Lyubov Cherkashina, rhythmic gymnastics coach of Belarus
70% of Belarusian Olympians in Rio are debutants Last week the Belarusian President handed Olympians the national flag. Let us hope that it will raise at least several times in Brazil and our athletes will again conquer Olympic medals. A farewell ceremony for the national team was held at the Palace of Independence. The first group of Belarusian athletes will travel to Rio de Janeiro on July 23.

19.07.2016

Belarus promises cool welcome to ICF delegation in late July 2016
Belarus promises cool welcome to ICF delegation in late July 2016 The top sports officials of Belarus have immediately responded to the possible disqualification of the men's rowing and canoeing team of Belarus. "We will fight for our rights," was the leitmotif of the press conference, which was held at the National Olympic Committee on July 18.

28.06.2016

Alexander Lukashenko about Rio Olympics: Belarus will not send "tourists" to Brazil
Alexander Lukashenko about Rio Olympics: Belarus will not send "tourists" to Brazil Belarus has already won 134 Olympic licenses in 25 sports. The President of Belarus was reported on the preparation of the national team for the Rio Olympics. There should be no "tourists" in the national team. The order of the Head of State is not to put exorbitant pressure on athletes. 

21.06.2016

Minsk half marathon 2016 due on September 4
Minsk half marathon 2016 due on September 4 Belarus' Minister of Sport Alexander Shamko has become the first registered member of the Minsk Half Marathon 2016. He plans to run 5km, media report. According to the chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation Vadim Devyatovskiy, Minsk Half Marathon will take place on September 4, beginning at 11.00. Everyone will be able to register for marathons at a distance of 5km, 10km and 21km. Organizers expect 20 thousand running enthusiasts.

02.05.2016

Large-scale bicycle parade held in Minsk
Large-scale bicycle parade held in Minsk The largest season opening in the cycling history of Belarus was held in Minsk on 30 April. Despite the abundance of bicycle tracks, even car drivers gave the road to the cyclists. Pobediteley Avenue was closed for the sporting event for about two hours. Thousands of bicyclists from different countries took part in the event. Famous athletes and officials participated as well. There were held some competitions. The event was held in Minsk’s Victory Park. It gathered more than 9,000 bicyclists who raced along Minsk’s streets in a form of a column.

28.04.2016

Belarus begins Rio Olympics countdown in Minsk
Belarus begins Rio Olympics countdown An updated countdown stella Olympic Time has opened in Minsk, near the Sports Palace. It will stand there for 100 days. "It took us four years to prepare for the Games and only 100 days remain before the start of the Rio event. During this short period of time it is necessary to strengthen the work with athletes, coaches, and doctors," said first vice-president of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Maxim Ryzhenkov. According to him, the Belarusian team expects 40-45 athletes to still qualify for the Games in Rio de Janeiro.

13.04.2016

Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals
Belarus may cancel visa fees for tourists coming to festivals Belarus plans to introduce free visas for tourists who come to festivals, said Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sport and Tourism, at the opening of the international fair of tourist services Holiday 2016 in Minsk. Belarus has already introduced a similar practice for participants of sporting events. They can get a Belarusian visa free of charge in 5-7 minutes at the airport.

06.04.2016

Belarus wants to make Augustow Canal visa-free
Belarus wants to make Augustow Canal visa-free Belarus may introduce visa-free regime on Augustow Canal. The relevant document is already under consideration by the government, said April 6 the Minister of Sport and Tourism of Belarus. Alexander Shamko believes that the tourism product that Augustow Canal offers today meets the requirements of similar resorts in the world.

14.03.2016

Head of European Hockey Federation praises sport development in Belarus
Head of European Hockey Federation praises sport development in Belarus Head of the European Hockey Federation appreciates the development of this sport in Belarus. Marijke Fleuren said this meeting with chairman of the Belarusian federation Valery Ivanov and Minister of Sport Alexander Shamko. Field hockey in Belarus is a relatively young sport. But, despite this, the results on the world stage is already there. In the international rankings, Belarus is sixth. Recently, the women's team of Belarus took bronze at the European Indoor Hockey Championships.

03.02.2016

Tourist flows in Belarus up thanks to visa regime relaxation
Tourist flows in Belarus up after visa requirements simplified Over 50% of Minsk's residents are engaged in sport on regular basis. Running, hardening and street workout have become more affordable and accessible for young people.

08.10.2015

Belarus' Sports Minister votes in presidential election
Belarus' Sports Minister votes in presidential election October 8 is the third day of early voting in the election of the President of the Republic of Belarus. In the two previous days, almost 11% of people made their choice.  As practice shows, among those who are willing to vote early are students who go on a weekend visit to their parents and athletes participating in international competitions.

29.06.2015

Belarusian students go to the 2015 Summer Universiade Belarusian students have departed for the Summer Universiade. A solemn farewell ceremony for our sports delegation will be held June 29 at the Belarusian State University.  The delegation is composed of representatives of 12 higher educational institutions of the country. The 28th World Summer Universiade will be held from 4 to 14 July in South Korea.

24.06.2015

National 3x3 Basketball League opens in Minsk The National 3x3 Basketball League opened in the Belarus capital Minsk on June 21. The league games will be held at the skating rink close to the Palace of Sport, which is now completely renovated for streetball purposes. The National Basketball League "3x3 Palova" (English: 3x3 Half) creates an opportunity for players, both professionals and amateurs, to express themselves.The league has 5 categories: elite, general, U-16, U-18 and women.  

15.06.2015

The first three days of 1st European Games in Baku. Chronicle of the TV program Week
Three opening days of the 1st European Games in Baku. Chronicle of the TV program Week The whole of Europe is watching the first ever European games that are now underway in Baku. They have already dubbed the Olympics of the Old World.

14.06.2015

I European games in Baku: Olympics with oriental color and invaluable experience for Belarus
1st European games in Baku: Olympics with oriental color and invaluable experience for Belarus When will Belarus host the Olympic Games? The question is not ironic, by the way. Nobody thought that the IIHF WM would be held in Minsk. But it was held in the Belarus capital and is considered one of the best in terms of organization. Why not aim for hosting the Olympics? And the first step has been taken. In 2019, Belarus will host the European Youth Olympic Festival. This decision was announced last November in Baku, where on June 12 the first ever European games opened.

29.04.2015

Belarus hockey team pay tribute to WWII victims prior to 2015 IIHF World Championships
Belarus hockey team pay tribute to WWII victims prior to 2015 IIHF World Championships The Belarusian national hockey team was involved in Victory Day celebrations on the eve of the festive date. On April 28, the Belarusian delegation headed by Chairman of the Ice Hockey Federation Igor Rachkovsky, as well as with the Minister of Sports and Tourism Alexander Shamko laid flowers by the monument in Minsk's Victory Square. The entire team commemorated the fallen with a minute of silence. Very soon the Belarusian team are heading for the Czech Republic where the World Championships will be held.

05.04.2015

Darya Domracheva
After Big Crystal Globe: Darya Domracheva wins mega mass start in Tyumen Tyumen Governor on April 4 closely followed the champion from Belarus Darya Domracheva. The winner of the Big Crystal Globe for only a few hours came home to Minsk, to hug her mother and brother and then flew to places where snow still lies. The Picture of the World program reports from Tyumen and Minsk. Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus:I postponed the reception of citizens, therefore, probably I violated some requirements but this is due to objective reasons.

02.03.2015

Minister of Sport and Tourism says Belarusian officials adhere to more healthy lifestyle nowadays The Youth/Junior World Championships Biathlon have completed. The next such competition will be held in Romania. In the coming days, from 4 to 15 March, Finland will host the senior world championship.

15.02.2015

Belarus' President visits renovated Raubichi ski complex
Belarus' President visits renovated Raubichi ski complex "Business card of Belarusian sport" at the highest international standards. On February 13, Alexander Lukashenko visited the Raubichi ski complex and familiarized himself with the renewed Olympic training center for winter sports.