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Gleb Garbuz
Belarus U21 into 2015 Men's World Handball Championship Finals In the last match of the qualifying tournament for the U21 Men's World Championship 2015 in Kosovo on January 11, the Belarusian national handball team defeated rivals from Switzerland 27:25 (score at HT 14:12). In the other two qualifiers, Belarus also won against Montenegro (31:25) and Kosovo (35:25). The final standings in the 5th qualifying group: 1. Belarus - 6 points (3 matches) 2. Switzerland - 4 (3) 3. Montenegro - 2 (3) 4. Kosovo - 0 (3).


Belarus' Domracheva wins mass start at World Cup Oberhof Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva, with 4 misses (2 + 1 + 0 + 1), won the mass start at the World Cup Biathlon in Oberhof, Germany. The race started for the triple Olympic champion not the best way: after the first shooting range, Domracheva took only 23rd place, 48 seconds behind the leader.  After the second stage, the leader of the Belarusian biathlon team turned everything upside down with an impressive performance.
Belarus beat Montenegro, Kosovo in 2015 Men's World Championship (U21)
Belarus beat Montenegro, Kosovo in 2015 Men's World Championship (U21) The Belarus handball team (U21) triumphantly started the qualifying tournament for the 2015 Men's World Championship. In the first match of the 5th qualification group in Gjakova (Kosovo) on January 9, coach Oleg Shareyko's Belarus beat Montenegro 31:25 (16:11). Belarusian Gleb Garbuz top-scored with 11 goals. In the other match of the day, Switzerland hammered Kosovo 35:21 (17:10).
President Lukashenko presents Belarusian Sports Olympus Awards
President Lukashenko presents Belarusian Sports Olympus Awards Marina Arzamasova, Irina Ilyenkova and Natalia Shikolenko - their awards at various competitions are of special importance in the world of sports.  Their story is just beginning. The "Belarusian Sports Olympus" proves that. Laureates see the award from the Belarus President as a high appreciation of his work and as a stimulus for further development. Born into a family of athletes, little Marina Arzamasova knew what cost should be paid to become the champion.


Yegor Filipenko to sit on bench in Malaga vs. Villarreal match Yegor Filipenko, Belarusian defender of Malaga, will get in the application for today's match of the 18th round of La Liga against Villarreal. However it is an open question whether he will play on the field. There can be no more than 18 players in the application for the match. Earlier, Javier Gracia, chief coach of Malaga, said that Yegor Filipenko still needed to return into the optimal physical condition, as he had recently come back from vacation. The game Malaga vs. Villarreal will be held today, on January 10.
Belarus finishes sixth in Dakar Stage 6 The crews of the Belarusian team successfully reached the finish line of the sixth stage in the truck category (T4) of 2015 Dakar Rally, taking 6th, 11th and 31th place.


Belarus national ice hockey team
11th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Belarus. Results Participants of the 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus said goodbye to the Belarusian capital. On January 8, most of the teams returned home. Eight teams competed for the main title of the tournament. This time, the Cup went to Russia. But the newcomers of the tournament, players from the United Arab Emirates have decided to stay in Minsk a bit longer.
European Athletics Association president Hansjorg Wirz visits Belarus Athletics is a basic sport for the development of society, believes the president of the European Athletics Association Hansjorg Wirz. On the one hand, it is a festive event and on the other, it strengthens the nation's health. At a meeting with sports functionaries of Belarus at the National Olympic Committee, the official noted the rapid development of athletics in Belarus and unique sports infrastructure.
Hansjorg Wirz and Alexander Lukashenko
Belarus wants to host 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships Belarus can host world-class competitions. This was confirmed by President of the European Athletics Association Hansjorg Wirz at a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko on January 9. Belarus may host the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships. The President of Belarus expressed readiness to create all conditions for the organization in Belarus of the international athletics championship. This is a great incentive for the development of sport in this country.


Belarus bids for 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships President of the European Athletics Association Hansjörg Wirz highly appreciated the sports infrastructure of the Belarusian capital - Minsk Arena and a new athletics arena. The main purpose of his visit to our country was to examine the conditions and opportunities for the winter European Indoor Athletics Championships in 2019. The European Athletics Association unites fifty national associations.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Winners leave Belarus Today Minsk bids farewell to the participants of the 11th Christmas Hockey Tournament. They are still overwhelmed with emotions. In particular, prize winners - teams from Russia and Finland - go home. Russians arrived at Minsk National Airport with the cup. Before the departure everyone could take a picture with the main prize of the competition. Players themselves were in good spirits. It was not only because of the victory, but of the great holiday of hockey, too.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Players' spare time Not only matches and trainings filled the schedule of participants of the tournament. It also included a tour of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, visiting Komarovka and other formal and informal meetings and events. Minsk walking tours are already outdated for guests of the Christmas Tournament. This year it's the 11th unofficial world championship, and many players know our capital better than native citizens. Minsk is almost like a second home for the participants.
Players about Christmas Hockey Tournament Christmas Tournament - it's not just hockey games, but new people and experience. In 2015, viewers saw a debutant of the tournament - the team from the United Arab Emirates. The team from the UAE arrived in Minsk to participate in the XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus.
Russia win 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk
Russia win 11th Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk The final match of the 11th International Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President finished at Minsk's Chizhovka Arena on January 7.  Russia met the team of the Belarus President and won 2:0 (1:0, 1:0, 0:0). Goaltender Andrei Malkov (Russia) and forward Stepan Ponomarev (team of the President of Belarus) were named men of the match.


Belarus national biathlon team (women)
Belarus third in Oberhof relay The Czech Republic won the women's biathlon relay at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany. The Czechs were 9 seconds ahead of France. The Belarusian team put up a spectacular performance. Stable Nadezhda Skardino did not miss once and was fourth at the first stage, 8 seconds behind. Anastasia Duborezova completed her stage in sixth place with a minute gap from the first place. Nadezhda Pisareva passed the first half of the race well but was not so successful in the second shooting and had to go for one penalty loop.


Christmas Hockey Tournament: Belarus beats Switzerand 12:2 The team of the President of Belarus defeated the Swiss team with a score of 12:2 (5:1, 2:0, 5:1).  Today Sergei Shitkovsky scored three times, Vadim Bekbulatov and Pavel Belyi scored twice, Maxim Slysh, Alexei Plotnikov, Yuri Faykov, Denis Matyukhin and Gennady Savilov scored one goal. The best player in the team of the President became Sergei Shitkovsky. President Alexander Lukashenko gave one assist in this match.
Azarenka in Belarus Fed Cup team It became known who will participate in the matches of Europe/African zone Group I of the Fed Cup, which will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 4 to 7 February. The first number in the national team of Belarus is Victoria Azarenka (42 WTA). The team also includes Alexander Sasnovich (143 WTA), Olga Govortsova (149 WTA), Irina Shimanovich (448 WTA), the team captain - Tatiana Poutchek.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Slovakia defeats UAE 7:3 The XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus became a good tradition.  The intrigue of the competition is growing. The team of the President of the Republic of Belarus became unattainable for rivals after landslide victories over Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates. The Russian team also advanced to the final. On the first day of the tournament they celebrated a victory over rivals from Finland and then dealt easily with Germany. 
Belarus' rivals in 2015/16 IIHF World Junior Championship It became known who will be rivals of the Belarusian team on the preliminary stage of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Championship (U20) 2015/16 in Top Division. The championship will take place in Helsinki from December 25, 2015 to January 5, 2016. The Belarusian team that returned to Top Division will play with teams from Russia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Finland in the group B of the next World Championship. Matches of this group will be held in Hartwall Arena seating 13,665 spectators.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: How playes spend free time Hockey players from Latvia saw the sights of the city and shared their impressions.  Dmitry Iskrov, hockey player from Latvia:It's very impressive. It’s clean and beautiful everywhere.  I got very strong impressions. Everything is more fundamental and extensive. Hockey players visited Red Church and even put candles. After this religious place the athletes went to a secular place - to the mall for shopping. For example, Sergey Kuznetsov spent ten minutes choosing souvenirs.
Darya Domracheva named Europe's best sportswoman The Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva has been named the best sportswoman of Europe in 2014 following the results of a survey conducted for the 32nd time by the continental section of the International Sports Press Association. At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Domracheva won three gold medals. After the Games, she was honored the title of the Hero of Belarus.
Belarus finishes second in Dakar Stage 2 MAZ-SPORTavto crew under control of pilot Sergey Vyazovich (race number 510) with navigator Pavel Garanin and mechanic Andrey Zhigulin finished second in the truck category of the 2015 Dakar Rally Stage 2 with the result - 3 h. 34 min. 47 sec. Eduard Nikolaev's crew (KAMAZ-Master from Russia) came first. Vyazovich's crew is now in the fifth place in overall standings with a time of 4 h. 48 min. 56 sec.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Belarus v Russia final due January 7 Team of the President of Belarus has advanced to the final of the 11th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament. Belarus has become unattainable for rivals after landslide victories over Slovakia and the team of the United Arab Emirates.  The game against the UAE, the debutants of this tournament, ended with a score of 12:4. After the first period, Belarus were 7:1 ahead.


Belarus President's team down UAE 12:4 at Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament The team of the Belarus President have defeated the UAE national team 12:4 at the 11th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament, which is underway in the Belarus capital Minsk. The game took place in the Palace of Sport. Belarus held possession of the puck from the beginning of the match. Earlier at the Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament, Belarus outplayed Slovakia, while the UAE drew Switzerland. 
Atlant 2:4 Dinamo Minsk. Kontinental Hockey League Dinamo Minsk bounced back from the defeat against Jockerit in Finland with a victory over Atlant Mytishchi of Russia in the KHL. Twice Dinamo Minsk were behind and they spent the first half of the match to make the score equal again: Ryan Vesce make it 2:2 in the 28th minute.  Soon the visitors went in front after Jonathan Cheechoo's used the man advantage.  The violation of the rules cost the hosts Atlant a fourth goal: Alexei Kalyuzhny punished them for Egor Aleshin's foul, thereby deciding the outcome of the match. 
Brisbane International: Victoria Azarenka loses opening match in 2015 Belarusian Victoria Azarenka has lost her opening match of 2015, the year which she was hoping to start from scratch forgetting about a disastrous 2014. Azarenka, however, lost to Czech Karolína Plíšková in the first round of the Brisbane International in Australia. Victoria Azarenka v Karolína Plíšková: 6:4, 7:6 (9:7), 6:4. The former No.1 in the WTA rankings won the first set (6:4) and had a match-ball in the tiebreak in the second set but was unable to use it. Victoria Azarenka lost the second set with a score of 6:7.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Slovakia defeats Switzerland 8:2 The XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus is gaining momentum. The teams from Finland and Latvia meet in Chizhovka Arena. The fight promises to be hot, because the Finns are experienced players. Moreover, they got bronze medals in 2014. The Latvians are debutants of the tournament; however they are well-known in the world of hockey.
HC Dinamo Minsk lose to Jokerit 2:5 After 9 consecutive victories in the Kontinental Hockey League Dinamo Minsk was defeated by Jokerit in Helsinki - 2:5 (1:3, 1:0, 0:2). The match started badly for Dinamo Minsk: by the 13th minute they conceded with a score of 0:3 after goals of Juhamatti Aaltonen, Tommi Huhtala and Ryan Gunderson. The Belarusian team could reduce the gap in the score at the end of the first period: Alexei Kalyuzhny corrected the flying puck before the net.
Belarus' sport in 2014: Year in review The first vice-president of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Maksim Ryzhenkov answers the questions of hosts "Week of sport". You became the first guest of our program. To complete the year, we called you again. How is your mood? Maksim Ryzhenkov: The mood is excellent. There are good results in our sport this year, after all. Could you briefly characterize this sports year? Maksim Ryzhenkov:
Belarus' Yegor Filipenko signs contract with Malaga BATE's defender Yegor Filipenko signed an agreement with Malaga from Spain. The contract will end in two and a half years. Yegor Filipenko trained with his new team on January 4. In the 2014 season the BATE's defender played 23 matches in the national championship, scored 1 goal and gave 3 assists, earned five yellow and one red card. It was reported that teams from Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey, in particular, Fenerbahce from Istanbul expressed interest in this 26-year-old player.
Belarus' Olga Govortsova leaves singles in China Belarusian tennis player Olga Govortsova suffered a defeat in the first round of the main stage in the tournament in Shenzhen, China (prize fund - 500 thousand dollars). Today Govortsova (world number 149) was beaten by Tereza Smitkova (69) from the Czech Republic in the match of 1/16 final - 6:3, 3:6, 3:6. The meeting lasted two hours. Olga Govortsova got in the singles main draw by winning two matches of qualification with Yafan Wang (180) from China - 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 - and  Magda Linette (133) from Poland - 6:7(4:7), 6:2, 6:2.
Belarus handball team suffers defeats in Yellow Cup The Belarusian men's handball team became the last at the 43rd international tournament Yellow Cup in Switzerland (January 2-4). Yuri Shevtsov's team suffered three defeats in three games: from Tunisia - 30:34 (first half - 17:14), Switzerland - 25:26 (12:10) and Slovakia - 29:34 (14:15). Final standings: Tunisia - 6 points (goal difference 88-81), Switzerland - 4 (81-80), Slovakia - 2 (90-88), Belarus - 0 (84-94).
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Belarus defeats Slovakia New season of sport was opened in Belarus. Today is the second day of the XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus. 4 games are already played. Switzerland and the team from the UAE made a draw. The opposition of teams from Germany and Latvia also ended in a draw. The team of the Belarusian leader defeated the team from Slovakia in a difficult struggle with the score - 5:1. President Lukashenko made two assists. Several thousand people came in Sports Palace. 
President Lukashenko opens XI Christmas Tournament The opening ceremony of the XI Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus took place in Minsk on January 4. Every year this, as many say, unofficial world championship for hockey amateurs brings pleasant surprises.  Undoubtedly, there will be surprises this time, too. President Alexander Lukashenko welcomed spectators, fans and participants of the Christmas Tournament.
Belarus' Olga Govortsova enters singles main draw in Shenzhen Belarusian tennis player Olga Govortsova (world number 149) entered the singles main draw in the tournament in Shenzhen, China (prize fund - 500 thousand dollars). Olga Govortsova beat Chinese tennis player Yafan Wang (180) - 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 - at the second qualifying round match on January 4. The meeting lasted for 2 hours 26 minutes. At the start of qualification Govortsova defeated Magda Linette (133) from Poland - 6:7, 6:2, 6:2. Govortsova will play with Tereza Smitkova (69) from the Czech Republic in the match of the first round of main draw. 


Belarusian team participates in Dakar 2015 The international rally raid Dakar 2015 starts in Buenos Aires on January 4. Three crew of the Belarusian team MAZ-SPORTavto will participate in it. Rally raid will take place on the territory of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. The finish is expected to be in Buenos Aires on January 17. The length of the track will exceed 9,000 kilometers, and some areas are located at an altitude of more than 3.5 thousand meters.
Belarus' Yegor Filipenko set to join Malaga Yegor Filipenko, whose agreement with BATE (Belarus) ended on December 31, arrived in Malaga and even went through a medical examination in the club. Negotiations for the details of the contract are under way. In the 2014 season the BATE's defender played 23 matches in the national championship, scored 1 goal and gave 3 assists, earned five yellow and one red card. It was reported that teams from Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey, in particular, Fenerbahce from Istanbul expressed interest in this 26-year-old player.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Players and guests come to Minsk Participants and guests of the Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus continue to arrive in Minsk. Players from Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia came to the capital of Belarus on January 3.
Christmas Hockey Tournament: Preparation and surprises There is a warm reception in honor of ice battles. Belarus welcomes the participants of the Christmas International Tournament of Hockey Amateurs for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus. The first team that came to Minsk was the team of the United Arab Emirates, a debutant of the tournament.


Belarus handball team starts in Yellow Cup Today on January 15, the Belarusian national men's handball team starts in an international tournament Yellow Cup in Winterthur, Switzerland. Belarus will meet Tunisia today late in the evening, then play against Switzerland on January 3, and will complete the tournament meeting with Slovakia on January 4. Belarusians became winners of the two previous tournaments in Winterthur. Returning from Switzerland, the Belarusians will make final preparations for the 24th Men's Handball World Championship, which starts in Qatar on January 15.


UEFA president to visit Minsk in January From 18 to 25 January, Association "Belarusian Football Federation" (ABFF), with the support of the Minsk City Executive Committee and OAO Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus holds the 11th international U17 tournament Development Cup 2015. On January 19, UEFA president Michel Platini is going to visit the matches, reports the ABFF official website.
Domracheva named second best athlete of 2014 Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva lacked a few points from being named the best athlete of the year by the International Sports Press Association. According to the results of voting among journalists from 91 countries, the three-time Olympic champion won second place.  American tennis player Serena Williams tops the list. Norwegian skier Marit Bjørgen took third place.


Belarus U20 into elite division of IIHF World Junior Championship Honored Coach of Belarus Ivan Krivonosov has given an interview to the CTV channel. After seven years of bad luck Belarus returns to the strongest division of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Under coach Pavel Perepekhin, the team turned the page with a historic victory in Italian Asiago. The achievement of our guys is worthy of respect, because two years ago with the same squad coached by Andrey Kovalev they were fourth and didn’t manage to join the elite.
Dinamo Minsk see off Vityaz in dramatic KHL match On Monday Dinamo Minsk won one of the most brilliant victories of the season. At home at Minsk Arena, Dinamo overpowered Podolsk's Vityaz 5:4. The Bison were behind twice but were still able to turn the tide of the match scoring vital goals in the 53rd and 57th minutes. The highlight was the goal by Jonathan Cheechoo. With the score 4:4, the Dinamo leader was penalized for emotionally reacting to the referee's decision. The Canadian argued with the ref long and when the penalty minutes ended, he rushed from the penalty box and scored.


Glen Hanlon: Dinamo Minsk's winning streak in KHL continues a great year of Belarusian hockey Swiss head coach Glen Hanlon admitted that he continues to monitor the performance of Belarusian teams. - What is your best memory of 2014? - Of course, the [IIHF] World Championship in Minsk! The Belarusian team was successful as a team in the tournament. Besides Belarus was able to show itself as a very interesting country: attendance records were beaten and people were amazed. These memories will be with me until the end of life. - Are you following Dinamo Minsk, who are now in the playoff zone in the KHL?


Dinamo Minsk 2-1 Dinamo Riga. Eighth KHL win in row for The Bison Dinamo Riga opened the scoring at the beginning of the game against their rivals from Minsk but failed to hold on to the lead and lost 1-2 in overtime. Charles Linglet (43:29) and Paul Szczechura (63:28) netted for Dinamo Mn. Dinamo Minsk v Dinamo Riga stats: SHOTS: 38 (9-13-13-3) – 26 (7-12-6-1) PENALTIES IN MINUTES: 6 (2-4-0) – 6 (2-4-0) This is Dinamo Minsk’s eighth straight win the Kontinental Hockey League.


Sergei Krivets named Player of the Year in Belarus UEFA official website named FC Metz midfielder Sergei Krivets the best player of the season in Belarus. "The attacking midfielder of the Belarus national team held only 20 matches, which, however, did not prevent him from excelling in the prestigious nomination "Goal + Pass Leader". Krivets scored 10 goals and made 11 assists. He played the last match in the Belarusian Premier League for FC BATE Borisov in the middle of August 2014 before moving to France's Metz.
Belarus go down to Switzerland in Arosa Challenge final The Belarusian national ice hockey team under the new head coach Dave Lewis lost to Switzerland in the final of the annual tournament Arosa Challenge. Switzerland v Belarus 3:2 (0:0, 1:2, 2:0) December 19. Arosa. Sports and cultural center. 2,105 spectators. Shots: 28-26 (4-8, 8-11, 16-7). Leading after two periods against Switzerland, the Belarusians could not hold onto their advantage in the final period and conceded twice thus failing to defend last year's title.
HC Dinamo Minsk continue unbeaten run in KHL against SKA Saint Petersburg Dinamo Minsk celebrated a shootout victory against SKA St. Petersburg 2:1 (0:0, 1:1, 0:0, 0:0, 1:0). This victory is the seventh in a row was for The Bison in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), which is the team’s record.


Elena Levchenko wins Belarus' Basketball Player of the Year accolade Artem Parakhovsky and Elena Levchenko became the best basketball players of Belarus in 2014. These are the results of the traditional poll of sports journalists and experts conducted by the influential Belarusian sports newspaper Pressball. The winner of the men's voting, 27-year-old player of the national team of Belarus and the Russian club Nizhny Novgorod became player of the year in Belarus for the first time.  Photo: Artem Parakhovsky. Photo:


Belarus' Shkanova wins slalom race in Switzerland Belarusian skier Maria Shkanova won the slalom at the University Race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, under the auspices of the International Ski Federation (FIS). In addition, she won a silver medal in another discipline - giant slalom. Shkanova won the slalom race with a total time of 1:44.19 after two attempts. Runner-up, Swiss skier Anna Schneider, was 2.62 seconds behind Shkanova. By the standards of slalom, this is a serious advantage. Third-placed Croatian Iva Misak was 3.65 seconds behind.
Belarus' Shkanova wins slalom race in Switzerland Belarusian skier Maria Shkanova won the slalom at the University Race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, under the auspices of the International Ski Federation (FIS). In addition, she won a silver medal in another discipline - giant slalom. Shkanova won the slalom race with a total time of 1:44.19 after two attempts. Runner-up, Swiss skier Anna Schneider, was 2.62 seconds behind Shkanova. By the standards of slalom, this is a serious advantage. Third-placed Croatian Iva Misak was 3.65 seconds behind.


Belarus U20 return to IIHF World Junior Championship top division The Belarus U20 national ice hockey team have returned to Minsk after winning IIHF World Junior Championship Division I Group A. 
Domracheva second to none in women's pursuit at World Cup Another big win Belarus and new success of Darya Domracheva. On December 20, Domracheva won the women's 10K pursuit at the World Cup in Slovenia's Pokljuka. Darya came to the finish line 10 seconds ahead of her main rival - Kaisa Mäkäräinen of Finland. Domracheva missed only once during the race. Belarus' Nadezhda Skardino, who took 6th place in the end, showed a clean shooting.  President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Domracheva on such a brilliant victory.


Domracheva voted Sportswoman of the Year in Belarus The newspaper Sportivnaya Panorama has summed up the traditional voting to determine the winners of the sports year in Belarus. The poll among sports journalists from print and electronic media has been held for the 56th time. Some 106 respondents voted for the best athletes of the year, the best coach and the two teams (in playing and non-playing sports).  Three-time Sochi Olympic champion Darya Domracheva became the best. She was 181 points ahead of the nearest competitor.
VC Stroitel Minsk into CEV Challenge Cup last 16 The Belarusian volleyball club Stroitel Minsk entered the last 16 of the European Challenge Cup. On December 17, the champions of Belarus confidently beat visitors from Finland's Tiikerit Kokkola 3:1 (20:25, 25:20, 25:14, 25:18) in the second leg of last 32 at Chizhovka Arena. The match lasted 1 hour and 38 minutes.   In the first leg in Finland, Alexander Singayevsky's Stroitel went down 3:2 but the win in the return leg allowed the Belarusian club to proceed to the last 16 round.
Belarus returns to top 100 of FIFA ranking Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and the Netherlands kept place in the top 5 of the FIFA ranking. The Belarusian national football team moved up two places and now occupies 99th place. This is the fourth figure among teams in Belarus' Euro 2016 qualifying group. 1 (1). Germany - 1,725 2 (2). Argentina - 1,538 3 (3). Colombia - 1,450 4 (4). Belgium - 1,417 5 (5). Netherlands - 1,374 9 ... (9). Spain - 1,142 ... 21 (21) Slovakia - 891 ... 25 (26). Ukraine - 854
Belarus U20 back into top division of IIHF World Junior Championship Belarus U20 have returned to the elite division of the IIHF World Junior Championship. The guys confidently won four games in a row without leaving opponents a chance. Thus, regardless of the result of the Austria game on December 20, Belarusians will take first place in Division I Group A.


Young talents to lift Belarus' ice hockey to new heights Honored coach of the Republic of Belarus Valery Voronin has answered the questions of the presenter of the program "Hot Ice" on CTV. On December 15, Belarus announced the team finally got a new head coach. Canadian manager Dave Lewis will be the team's manager until 2018. The first part of the contract ends on 31 May 2015. The agreement is designed to 2018. The Federation has put global tasks.
Mikhail Grabovski: The only Belarusian playing in NHL New York Islanders have one of the best opening series in history. What do your teammates think concerning the season?


Tsmokі Mіnsk beat BC Yenisey in last round of EuroChallenge The men's basketball club team Tsmokі Mіnsk finished their EuroChallenge season.  In the final match of the group stage, the Minsk club beat the leader of the section Yenisey at home.  This match did not decide anything, which did not prevent the opponents from showing spectacular basketball. The winner was decided at the end of the game.  The Dragons celebrated a 76:71 victory but remained bottom of the group. 
HC Meshkov Brest extends unbeaten run in SEHA League The handball club Meshkov Brest have extended their winning streak in the SEHA League to four matches.  The Belarusian champion got another victory in Zagreb, against the Croatian club PPD Zagreb 24:21, on December 16. Janko Bozovic became top scorer for Brest with 26 goals. With this victory, the BGK moved to 4th place in the SEHA League standings. HC Meshkov Brest have 24 points after 10 games and are equal on points with Zagreb and 9 points behind table toppers MKB-MVM Veszprem from Hungary.


Alexei Kalyuzhny: Dinamo Minsk are relishing six victories in a row! Sensational but true. HC Dinamo Minsk extended their unbeaten run in the Kontinental Hockey League to six matches. The Bison first ousted Salavat Yulaev 4:0. Alexander Materukhin, striker HC Dinamo Minsk:We tried not to do anything unusual. We wanted to make fewer mistakes in defense, and be more successful in power plays. It turned out that we were much better prepared. Today we were stronger.
Dave Lewis becomes head coach of Belarus national ice hockey team The Belarus national ice hockey team have got a new head coach on December 15. Canadian manager Dave Lewis will be the team's head coach until 2018. The first part of the contract ends on 31 May 2015. Igor Rachkovsky, chairman of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation:Dave is ready to work more and has no plans to sign contracts with other clubs. He said about this frankly yesterday during our talks. He just wants to show what he is capable of as a professional so that later we decide on further cooperation.


Belarus' Player of the Year 2014 announced Sergei Krivets has been voted the best player of Belarus of 2014. The midfielder, who is now playing for France's Metz, earlier spent football years in BATE (Belarus) and played in Poland and China. The traditional ceremony Golden Ball was held in Minsk to summarize the outcome of the football year in Belarus.  However, Sergei has been unable to attend the ceremony since France's Ligue 1 is currently underway.
Belarusian biathletes scoop relay silver in Hochfilzen Belarusian biathletes took silver at the World Cup In Hochfilzen on December 13. Team Belarus (Nadezhda Skardino, Anastasia Duborezova, Nadezhda Pisareva and Darya Domracheva) came in third in the women's 4x6km relay. Germany and the Czech Republic were first and third. It is noteworthy that Belarusians took part in a relay for the first time since the triumphal Sochi Olympic Games. 


FC Dinamo Minsk fans banned from matches in Italy for 5 years 47 fans of Dinamo Minsk have been banned from visiting matches in Italy for a period of 5 years. As practice shows, it means a ban on entry to the Schengen area. "According to our information, 47 people were detained for identification and 14 people were arrested. All fans are young people aged 22 - 27," Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman Dmitry Mironchik said. The ministry also said that 47 people, who were detained, have received a 5-year ban on visiting football matches in Italy.


Belarusian Swimming Federation: Alexandra Gerasimenya is our unique swimmer Yevgeny Tsurkin twice made it to the finals of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), in the 50m and 100m butterfly events. Both times he finished in sixth place.  Are these results good or bad? Sergei Matveyenko: Tsurkin is improving season after season setting new Belarus' national records. This is very good. Especially because he is young and thus has great prospects.
SEHA League. RK Borac 31:36 Meshkov Brest The Belarusian handball club Meshkov Brest (BGK) beat RK Borac in Banja Luka in the SEHA-League on December 10.  Outsiders Borac put up a good performance against the visitors but after the starting 15 minutes the Brest side were three points ahead (9:6) and controlled the match. It should be noted that BGK coach Zeljko Babic rested a couple of his leaders. 
BATE finish European campaign with 0-2 loss to Athletic On December 10, Alexander Yermakovich's BATE finished their European football campaign after a Champions League defeat at Spain's Athletic 0-2. Home victory over the Basques allowed BATE to progress to the Europa League playoff but the Borisov club failed to win. In the first half, Athletic dominated in all areas, while BATE managed to make only one attempt on goal. However, at the beginning of the second half, the Spanish side broke the deadlock.


Max Mirnyi about 2014 tennis season Famous tennis player Max Mirnyi gave an interview to the Belarusian Tennis Federation official website. - First and foremost, I want to ask you about the latest visit home. - When playing in Europe, I try to return home. It has become a tradition: to see family and friends, to settle some organizational issues and hold master-classes with kids in our sports center. - What about your longer stay in Belarus?
Rules concerning international footballers change in Belarus Members of the executive committee of the Association "Belarusian Football Federation" (ABFF) voted for a proposal to reduce the number of foreign footballers who can play on the pitch at the same time. Members of the executive committee voted to reduce from five to four the number of international players that can simultaneously play for a team in the matches of the Belarusian Premier League.  The concept "international player" was changed, too.
Belarusian freestyle skiers open new season with two medals Belarusian freestyle skiers opened a new season with the FIS Freestyle Ski Europa Cup, which was held in Ruka (Finland) last week. In the women's competition, Belarus won two bronze medals. Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya earned a total of 149.33 points and took third place. Her teammates Anna Guskova earned 124.12 points (7th) and Olga Kapustina 114.34 (11th).  In the second event, Anna Guskova, participant 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, won bronze.


Rodionov: BATE are eager to win in Bilbao BATE forward Vitali Rodionov has shared impressions about his team's performance in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. - I have repeatedly said that every Champions League match is a significant event for us.  Therefore, we are in good mood, despite the previous results. Yes, we were punished for our mistakes but we made the right conclusions. We are flying to Bilbao with thoughts of victory. - Now some time has passed. What do you think about those 21 goals BATE conceded in four games against Shakhtar and Porto?
Belarusian wins California International Marathon in Sacramento Belarusian runner Olga Mazurenok won the 32nd California International Marathon that took place in Sacramento. The Belarusian clocked 2:27.33 to set her new personal record. Olga outpaced Jane Kibii of Kenya, who was second, almost five minutes behind the winner. Kristen Zaitz of the United States finished in third, with 2:32.48.  In summer 2012 Olga Mazurenok won a victory at the 23rd Siberian International Marathon in Omsk. Back then, she clocked 2:44.47.
New Belarus head coach Alexander Khatskevich gives press conference Immediately after his appointment as head coach of Belarusian national football team, Alexander Khatskevich answered reporters' questions. - Negotiations with you and candidates lasted quite a long time. Weren't you nervous? - A coach can be nervous when he is without work. I had a good job, but then I got a new proposal. I did not agree immediately. We met on several occasions. But the fact that other candidates were considered does not bother me.


Dinamo Minsk thrash Salavat Yulayev 4-0 in KHL HC Dinamo Minsk have not given a chance to Russian Salavat Yulayev from Ufa in the home game at Minsk Arena on December 8. Shots: 27 (6-10-11) – 16 (6-7-3)Penalties in minutes: 12 (4-4-4) – 12 (0-6-6) The first period could be goalless but Nick Bailen opened the scoring after Charles Linglet’s pass one second before the buzzer, to the delight of the home crowd.
HC Meshkov Brest draw second consecutive Champions League tie HC Meshkov Brest’s ended in a draw their away match against HC Metalurg Skopje in the 8th round of the EHF Champions League group stage. It’s the Belarusian team’s second draw in a row. HC Metalurg (Skopje, Macedonia) - HC Meshkov Brest (Brest, Belarus) - 27:27 (first half - 12:14) Most of the match, the team from Brest dominated the rival. The end of match was more successful for the hosts (27:26). But 3 seconds before the final siren, Serbian Nikola Manojlovic saved HC Meshkov from defeat (27:27).
Alexander Lukashenko's training session on eve of Christmas ice hockey tournament The President of Belarus dedicated the weekend to the development of sport, including sports infrastructure in Belarus.  According to the press secretary of the head of state, on Saturday Alexander Lukashenko held a training session with the Presidential ice hockey team ahead of the Christmas amateur ice hockey tournament.


Fall trashes Domracheva's podium hopes in Ostersund sprint Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff missed once (0+1) and won the women's sprint at the Biathlon World Cup in Sweden's Ostersund. Second place went to Czech Veronika Vítková (clean shooting), while third was Kaisa Mäkäräinen (1+1). Belarusian Darya Domracheva started the race with confidence but fell during the second lap losing about 15 seconds.
Martin Fourcade wins sprint in Ostersund, Liadov in 37th France's Martin Fourcade after failing in the individual race, bounced back in the sprint at the first stage of the Biathlon World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden.  Not allowing a single miss, the three-time winner of the Big Crystal Globe beat the closest rival by almost half a minute. Yuri Liadov was the best in the Belarusian men's team, in 37th place. 1st World Cup. Ostersund (Sweden) Sprint. 10K with two firing ranges
Slovenia stop Belarus in World Handball Championship 2015 qualification The women's national handball team of Belarus have not got into the playoffs of the World Handball Championship 2015 qualification. Today in Zurich, Belarus lost to Slovenia 33:35 (18:17) in the last group match of the qualifying campaign. In the first half, the Belarusian handball team played a little bit better than their rivals. However, after the break, Slovenia upped pace and possessed the ball more winning the game and getting out of the qualifying group.
Dinamo Minsk celebrate third victory in row in KHL Dinamo Minsk have completed their two-match away series with a victory over Podolsk Vityaz 5:3 (3:2, 1:1, 1:0). The first period was the most productive. The sides scored five goals, with the Minskers being twice forced to come from behind. Matt Ellison, Ryan Vesce and Jonathan Cheechoo scored for The Bison. In the middle of the second period, the hosts leveled the score, but Ellison immediately scored a fourth for the Minsk side.


Kirill Shimko
Powerlifter Kirill Shimko: The strongest man in Belarus Kirill Shimko is the strongest man in Belarus. He has recently returned from Moscow, where he established another world record - pulled a T-26 tank weighing 11.5 tons. How did you manage to do it? Kirill Shimko, Belarusian strongman and powerlifter:Of course, it didn’t happen accidentally. It's not my first record. I moved a T-34 tank, an IL-76 and a train of six cars with Pavel Soroka. What is more, I moved a BelAZ, weighing 55 tons. Do you already have an entry in the Guinness Book of Records?


Svetlana Stepanova
Svetlana Stepanova: Woman with unfeminine hobbies Svetlana Stepanova is the only woman in Belarus who is engaged in industrial climbing. Moreover, she is a world-class athlete in powerlifting.


Natallia Tsylinskaya: Family life
Natallia Tsylinskaya: Family life Natallia Tsylinskaya is an international cyclist, specializing in track sprinting. She is an eight-time World Champion, and a 2004 Olympic bronze medalist. Natalia gave up her career more than four years ago without regrets to become a mother of a large family. As for child care, it’s her relatives and older daughter Maria who help her taking care of the younger kids Anya and Katya, aged three and one respectively. Natalia got used to hard work and made up her mind not to go on maternity leave. Now she is sports director of the Belarusian Federation of Cycling Sport.