Alexander Zelenko: Playing for Belarus President’s team is prestigious and hard job
In the interview with the Minsk CTV Channel, Alexander Zelenko, a member of the Belarus President’s Team at the Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament, a retired professional hockey player, answered some questions about the recent ice hockey event.
The final game of the tournament between Belarus and Finland has just finished. In your opinion, was it a successful one?
Belarusian Azarenka climbs to WTA 16th place
The Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka has climed to 16th place in the newly published WTA ranking. The athlete has risen by 6 points at once, thanks to her victory at Brisbane International.
In the final the Belarusian defeated German Angelika Kerber 6:3, 6:1 (read more on that match).
NOC: Belarus has done utmost for Rio Olympics success
The CTV TV channel has interviewed Maxim Ryzhenkov, the First Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus.
Good evening, Mr Ryzhenkov.
MR Ryzhenkov, how do you estimate the achievements of Belarusian athletes?
BC Tsmoki Minsk beat Estonian Kalev in VTB United League
On January 9, BC Tsmoki Minsk, after heavy matches against CSKA and Khimki pulled out a long-awaited victory in the VTB United League. The Minsk club defeated Estonian Kalev on the home ground.
Justin Gray, Tsmoki Minsk:I like playing wherever there are fans coming to cheer for us. This arena (Sports Palace - note by CTV.by) is not large but it's comfortable to play here.
Kalev were considered underdogs in this game, but during the first 2 quarters the teams were alsmost on equal footing leading by only one or two points.
Azarenka claims Brisbane International title, set to return into WTA top 20
The Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka for the second time in her career won the tournament Brisbane International.
January 9 in the final, Azarenka met German Angelique Kerber (10) and won in straight sets 6:3, 6:1. The match lasted 1 hour and 14 minutes.
After the victory in the final, Azarenka earned $193,000 and 479 ranking points. This will allow her to return to the top 20 of the WTA ranking.
Dinamo Minsk earn narrow 1-0 win against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in KHL
Dinamo Minsk have finally said goodbye to the protracted series of defeats in the regular season of the KHL. The Bison did it in the match against the team who topped the league table - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Alexander Pavlovich's only goal allowed Dinamo to take all points that night. His goal was surprisingly the only one in the game, Dinamo winning 1-0.
On Sunday, January 10, The White-Blues finish the home series with the game against HC Sochi.
Children in rhythmic gymnastics: Tournament Baby Cup in Minsk
Every mother dreams to see her daughter on the gymnastics arena. Professional career begins sometimes with the age of four, and mothers’ wish is not enough.
Coach:We watch the length of feet, the stretching, and the flexibility of girls’ joints. We have a willowy girl, who took up gymnastics only a month ago. The girl who is able to raise her leg high suits us.
Having chosen the child a thorny road of a gymnast, you should keep in mind: all the training staff will literally scan you, specially your figure.
Belarus wins XII Christmas hockey tournament 2016
The team of the Belarus President became the winner of the 2016 Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament. In the final, Belarusians in a bitter struggle defeated Finland 2:1 (0:1, 1:0, 1:0).
Belarus conceded in the first period but then thanks to goals by Andrei Glebov, in the 36th minute, and Daniel Corso (44th minute) the hosts restored the lead and eventually celebrated a victory.
This is the 9th time the team of the President of Belarus has won the Christmas tournament. Previously, in the bronze medal game Slovakia beat Sweden 17:3.
Slovakia win bronze at 2016 Christmas hockey tournament in Minsk
Team Slovakia have become bronze medalists of the Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prizes of the Belarus President, which was held in Minsk. They defeated Sweden 17:3 in the third-place match.
The CTV correspondent Yevgeny Gorin is reporting from Chizhovka Arena.
Azarenka into WTA tournament's semi for first time since February 2015
Victoria Azarenka for the first time since February 2015 will play in the semifinals of a WTA tournament. She secured a semifinal place at Brisbane International after a win over Italian Roberta Vinci (6:1, 6:2) in the quarterfinal.
At the preliminary stage of the tournament the Belarusian tennis player competed with rivals with rankings from 101 to 200 but 15th ranked Roberta Vinci was waiting for her in the quarterfinals.
The 6:1, 6:2 tie lasted one hour and eighteen minutes. This is Azarenka's fourth match against Vinci and the fourth victory.
Belarus to take on Finland in Christmas Hockey Tournament final
Team Russia for the first time will not play in the final of the Christmas tournament in Minsk. Despite the fact that not all preliminary stage matches have been played, the Russians have said goodbye to the chance to play in the final. They first lost to Sweden 1:8 and on January 5 drew the game against Germany 2:2. Therefore, the result of today's game against Finland will change nothing.
Belarus get second victory at XII Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk
Belarusian hockey players won a second victory at the XII Christmas Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus in Minsk, beating Slovakia at Chizhovka Arena with a score of 4:3 (2:1, 0:2, 2:0).
The best player in the Slovakian squad was their leader Miroslav Satan, while Daniel Corso received the Man of the Match award.
In the other match of this group today Switzerland beat the United Arab Emirates 9:6.
Belarus outgun Switzerland 9-7 at Christmas Hockey Tournament
Belarus has defeated Switzerland 9-7 in the opening game of the 12th Christmas Ice Hockey Tournament in Minsk.
It's no secret that Belarusians are welcoming and hospitable and know how to welcome guests warmly.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President: I declare the Christmas XII International tournament open.
The Christmas hockey tournament has some kind of magical power: a huge number of fans at all games, regardless of whether hosts or guests are playing.
Maksim Ryzhenkov: 2015 became successful for Belarusian athletes
Unlike ordinary people, athletes are usually more pragmatic. They adhere to a strict training schedule, they have a strong character and desire to win. There is no place for miracles in their lives. They are used to achieve certain results, and their achievements could be measured in numbers.
HC Dinamo Minsk starts 2016 with home defeat at Ak Bars 2:4
The Belarusian ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk has started 2016 with a defeat. In the first home match The Bison met with Kazan's Ak Bars, two-time winners of the Gagarin Cup.
But Dinamo were not equal in strength to Ak Bars that night. The White-Blues scored the first goal but eventually lost 2:4.
Dinamo are in 10th in the KHL table. The Bison are to play three more games in the current home series. The next one is due on January 6 when Dinamo meet Lada from Russia's Tolyatti.
Christmas hockey tournament participants about Belarusian cuisine
Who plays hockey well also has selective eating habits. World champion and former NHL player Martin Štrbák starts every morning with a porridge. Today was no exception. Breakfast Buffet with Belarusian dishes looks tempting but before the game he needs only quickly digestible carbohydrates.
Martin Štrbák, player of the national team of Slovakia:There is plenty to taste. Everything is just perfect.
Alexander Lukashenko opens XII Christmas ice hockey tournament
The first days of 2016 in Belarus are under the sign of ice hockey. Yesterday, the 12th Christmas Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus started in Minsk. This year, teams from 7 countries came to take part in the tournament. Belarus is traditionally represented by the team of the President. All the games are held at the two ice hockey rinks of Chizhovka Arena, which is certainly convenient for the fans.
Minsk hosting Ice Hockey Christmas Tournament
A true ice hockey festival is underway in Minsk. The Christmas Tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus started today, January 4 at Chizhovka Arena.
The competition brings together eight countries this year: Belarus, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Russia, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.
The first game has already finished, with Finland beating Germany 7:3.
Slovakia also completed the game against the United Arab Emirates winning 14:3.
Russia are taking on Sweden now at Chizhovka Arena.
Christmas ice hockey tournament due in Minsk 4-7 January
The 12th Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus starts in Minsk today, January 4. This competition is also called an unofficial world championship for amateur teams.
This year, all the games will be held at Chizhovka Arena. The competition involves 8 countries.
Today Belarus will take on Switzerland, Finland will play Germany, Russia face Sweden and the United Arab Emirates encounter Slovakia.
Christmas ice hockey tournament in Minsk to kick off 4 January
Guests and participants of the Christmas ice hockey tournament for the prize of the President of Belarus were flocking to Minsk yesterday gearing up for what is dubbed the unofficial world championship, which is about to start on January 4.
The tournament generally features veteran ice hockey players. Some are true record breakers: Edward plans to become the champion of the tournament at the age of 83!
Belarus U20 knocked out of IIHF U20 worlds elite
The U20 national team of Belarus in Helsinki suffered another defeat against their peers from Switzerland in the survival series and was knocked out of the elite division of the IIHF U20 world championship.
Belarus lost to Switzerland 2:6 (2:3, 0:3, 0:0) after a 1:5 defeat in the first game.
The Belarusian team returned to the elite division only last year.
Belarus' first Rhythmic Gymnastics Palace to be completed by 2017
A graceful building for graceful Belarusian gymnasts. The Palace of Rhythmic Gymnastics, the first in Belarus, is now being constructed in Minsk. The building will be engirded by a decorative ribbon.
This mixed-use complex be able to take more than 500 athletes at the same time. There will be rooms for choreography, aerobics, training facilities for younger groups, rehabilitation and treatment complex and a swimming pool. It is planned that the facility will be ready by 2017.
Belarus to start at Dakar January 3
The Belarusian team for the fifth time is participating in the rally raid Dakar. Today, January 3, the first phase of this large-scale race will start.
Three Belarusian crews on MAZ trucks will hit the roads of Argentina and Bolivia. They will compete with 52 other sports trucks.
The racers will travel the distance of more than 9,000 kilometers. The vehicles are well-prepared for the race: the racers improved suspension, fuel tanks and steering.
In 2015, Belarus entered the top 10 Dakar crews.
Russia send Belarus into survival race at IIHF WM20
The Belarusian ice hockey team (U20) suffered a third defeat in a row at the IIHF U20 world championships in Helsinki.
After losing to Russia Belarusians remained in 5th place and will surely fight to maintain a place in the elite division.
Belarus (U20) v Russia (U20) 1:4 (0:3, 0:0, 1:1)
Belarusian Dmitry Atrokhov wins boxing tournament Next Generation
The Belarusian Dmitry Atrokhov has won the boxing tournament Next Generation in Belarus' capital Minsk. The tournament featured mostly Belarusian fighters, with six bouts in the fight card. The last bout was to become the central one, between the experienced Ukrainian Vladimir Borovsky and young Dmitry Atrokhov. However, it was the Ukrainian who was defeated already in the second round by a knockout.
Belarus sports highlights of 2015
On a cold January 2015 handball fans literally lived in a hot Qatar, where Belarusian handball players for the third time took part in the world championship. The tournament was remembered by a bleak result.
Review of Belarus' sports events (December 21-27)
HC Dinamo Minsk spend two games in the KHL. First, they visited Bratislava, where they played the fourth match of the season against Slovan. The White-Blues did not get anything from that game losing 2-4.
From the Slovak capital Dinamo headed for the Croatian main city but also lost. Andrei Kovalev's club twice led against Zagreb's Medveščak but lost in overtime 2-3.
Belarus U20 started the World Championship in Helsinki with two defeats.
Belarus' Azarenka ends 2015 in 22nd spot in WTA ranking
The best Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka has completed the year 2015 in 22nd place in the WTA ranking.
To date, Victoria Azarenka has 2,276 points.
Another Belarusian tennis player Olga Govortsova, is also in the top 100 having 851 points (71st place in the world ranking).
Slovakia defeat Belarus at IIHF U20 Worlds
Belarus U20 suffered a second consecutive defeat at the start of the U20 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki.
Belarus were likely to take points from Slovakia but lost 2-4 (1-1, 1-1. 0-2). The Slovaks, though becoming bronze medalists of the last World Championship in Helsinki, have brought just four players from the previous squad.
Goaltender Ivan Kulbakov became the key player in the Belarus squad. If it were not for his heroism, Belarusians would see many more goals in their goal.
Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka wins in Pune ITF final
Young tennis player Aryna Sabalenka finished the season and it was triumphant! After the failure in the ITF final, the Belarusian again reached the decisive match last week and this time she celebrated a victory.
This success will allow her to enter the new ranking of the top 300 tennis players in the world.
Dinamo Minsk ends 2015 with defeat at HC Medvescak
A short visiting tour of the Belarusian hockey club Dinamo Minsk to Central Europe completed unsuccessfully. The Bison scored only one point out of possible six.
In Zagreb, coach Andrei Kovalev's team took on HC Medvescak. The visitors were twice in the lead thanks to Alexei Kalyuzhny's and Ryan Vesce's goals but The Bears restored parity. Everything was decided in overtime. Unfortunately, Dinamo Minsk lost 2-3.
Alexander Lukashenko attends Christmas athletics festival "300 talents for the Queen" in Minsk
Christmas mood permeates most of the December events. Members of the Government and famous Belarusians congratulate those who most need it bringing gifts to orphanages.
On 26 December the Belarus head of state visited the athletics arena in Minsk, where girls and boys from all over Belarus demonstrated their athletic talents.
About 300 best young athletes of the country arrived in Minsk. This is a good chance to prove oneself.
2015: One of FC BATE's best seasons
The Belarusian club BATE Borisov can consider 2015 among the best years in the history of the Yellow-Blues. The Borisov club, as before, has no equals in the domestic arena. BATE made a treble in 2015 winning the Belarus Cup, the Supercup and the Belarusian Premier League, 10th in a row.
Only the champion of Gibraltar, the Latvian club Skonto and Norwegian Rosenborg can boast the same or more impressive hegemonies in their championships. These clubs have won 13 consecutive championships in their countries. Well, maybe BATE will repeat this success...
Professional boxing tournament Next Generation held in Minsk
The professional boxing tournament Next Generation finished in Minsk.
Most of the participants were newcomers to the professional ring. So the fights were an excellent opportunity for the young boxing enthusiasts to express themselves in sport.
The best in their weight were Mikhail Shingareev, Nikita Kanashevich and Timur Asadov. One of the battles ended in a draw: in the welterweight fight Nikolai Khilkevich and Alexander Gaydulin both fighters deserved a victory.
Belarus to take part in Dakar 2016
Thousands of kilometers of sand dunes and steppes. Belarus will once again take part in one of the most challenging and prestigious races in the world Dakar 2016.
During two weeks the Belarusian team will be conquering the mountain trails of Bolivia and flat roads of Argentina. The crews will use Belarusian vehicles.
By the way, each of these impressive trucks was assembled by Belarusian designers and engineers manually. In 2015, Belarus entered the top 10 crews at Dakar.
Belarusian bags bronze at Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in UAE
Belarusian fencer Alex Senkevich has won the bronze medal at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in the UAE. In a duel for third place he beat another Belarusian Andrei Pronevich 15:8.
Taking part in the tournament were 40 countries. The competition winners get Olympic licenses.
Another Belarusian, Oleg Malinovsky, was ninth. All Belarusian athletes are students of coach Semyon Suschin and represent the Polotsk school of fencing.
Next Generation boxing tournament weigh-in held in Minsk
It is worth a lot to see how boxers smile at each other and shake hands friendly. After all, inside the ring they are opponents who try hard to beat each other. At the weigh-in before the professional boxing tournament Next Generation in Minsk, there reigned quite a nice atmosphere.
Nigel Short: Belarus can call itself a country with chess culture
Today's guest of the TV program Week on the CTV is Nigel Short, who came to Minsk this week for the European Championship in Rapid Chess. At age 19, he became the youngest grandmaster in history and today one of the strongest players in the world. Our correspondent Yana Shipko talked with Mr Short.
I know little about chess, but I was up all night reading Chess for Dummies. Let's see if that helps me. I know that the whites begin and win. Can I go this way?
Belarus takes Arosa Challenge 2015 bronze
Belarus has beaten Norway 5:1 (1:0, 3:0, 2:0) in the third-place match of the Arosa Challenge, an ice hockey tournament in Switzerland.
In the Arosa Challenge final, Swiss hockey players defeated the Slovaks 3:2 in shootout (0:0, 2:1, 0:1, 0:0, 1:0).
In the first game, the semifinal of the tournament, Belarus lost to Slovakia 1:4 and lost the right to play in the final.
FIDE proposes chess electives in Belarusian schools
Head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at the meeting with the Belarusian president, suggested that chess be taught in Belarusian schools. Alexander Lukashenko supported the idea, and next year such pilot electives will appear in some educational institutions of the country. The meeting with Mr Ilyumzhinov took place during the European Championship in Rapid Chess and Blitz, which is now underway in Minsk.
Belarus U20 gearing up for IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland
The junior national team of Belarus (U20) have arrived in Helsinki where they will take part in the IIHF Junior World Championship. Belarus' primary task is to defend a place in the top flight. Belarus received a place in the elite thanks to a brilliant victory last year in Italy.
On December 26, Belarus hold the opening match with hosts Finland.
Special menu for athletes during European Youth Olympic Festival
Thousands of athletes from 50 countries will come to Belarus to partake in the European Youth Olympic Festival. It will be held in distant 2019, but preparations for the championship have already started.
The application of the Belarusian capital was supported by the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. Stadiums and major arenas should be ready for the festival. The competitions will be held in arenas and stadiums of the top level - almost all of them have been tested, except for the Minsk stadium Dinamo, which is currently undergoing renovations.
Belarusian clubs eliminated from CEV Challenge Cup
Minsk’s Sports Palace hosted yesterday two games of the CEV Challenge Cup last 32 featuring Belarusian men and women’s clubs.
VC Minchanka, after the away win in Germany 3-2, were to face Wiesbaden in the return match. The Minsk club made lots of mistakes and were trailing 1-2 before finally winning a set and restoring intrigue. However, Wiesbaden were much better that day and defeated Minchanka 3-1 to enter the next round of the Challenge Cup.
Belarus into 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup playoffs
The Belarusian national futsal team will play in the playoffs of the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifying tournament. On Sunday evening, the Belarusian national team held the final match of the group stage.
In Croatian Osijek, which hosts the qualifying group tournament, Belarusians drew the ultimate game against Sweden (2:2). In the other group match, Azerbaijan played out a 4:4 draw with the hosts Croatia.
Review of Belarus' sports events (December 7-13)
Dinamo Minsk has played three games in the KHL regular season. In the home battle against the leader of the Western Conference, CSKA Moscow, The Bison were defeated 1:3. But then the club pleased their fans with two victorious away games. On Friday in Cherepovets, The White-Blues left no chances to Severstal and then outplayed Dinamo Riga.
The national futsal team entered the playoff qualification for the World Championship. Coach Vladimir Ignatik's charges took second place in qualifying group 2, based in Croatian Osijek.
Belarus' sporting events from 14 to 20 December 2015
The Belarusian national ice hockey team travels to Switzerland for the annual tournament Arosa Challenge. Belarusians will take on Norwegians and Slovaks. Slovakia will become Belarus' first opponents.
Wednesday will be a hot day for Belarusian volleyball fans. Two Belarusian clubs Minchanka and Stroitel will play return matches of the Challenge Cup last 32. The girls will have to keep the edge they earned a week ago against German VC Wiesbaden. Stroitel faces a more difficult task: in the first game, it lost to Turkish Istanbul 1:3 and now have to win.
Belarus-NATO cooperation discussed in Brussels
Cooperation between Belarus and the EU and NATO was discussed in Brussels. In Belgium, the foreign minister of Belarus met with foreign ministers of the European Union. The sides exchanged views on the state and prospects of cooperation.
Vladimir Makei also held talks with EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow.
Belarus' Tatiana Drozdovskaya third at ISAF Sailing World Cup
Belarusian sailor Tatiana Drozdovskaya took third place at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.
Tatiana Drozdovskaya competed in the women's Laser Radial class to win the bronze medal (29 points). After eight races she lost to Australian Ashley Stoddart (14 points) who took gold and Susannah Pyat from New Zealand (24 points), who came in second in the overall table.
Taking part in the first stage of the World Cup were 900 athletes in nine Olympic and three Paralympic classes of boats.
SKA Minsk director Pavel Galkin about handball in Belarus
The main topic of this week is handball. Belarusian clubs play quite successfully at European championships. For example, SKA Minsk has managed to get into the group stage of the EHF (European Handball Federation) Cup. Fans may remember that SKA Minsk had no match in the 1980s. General Director of HC SKA Minsk Pavel Galkin remembers those times too and he is directly involved in HC SKA club management today.
European Blitz and Rapid Chess Championship in Minsk on December 18
A grandiose chess event, the European Blitz and Rapid Chess Championship, will start in Minsk on December 18. More than 800 chess players from 31 countries, including Belarus, have applied for the competition.
The tournament’s prize fund is more than 30,000 euros. The forum will be held at Minsk Sports Palace since one of the FIDE’s conditions was to hold the competition in the centre of the city within walking distance to all the main infrastructure.
BATE hold Roma to goalless draw, knocked out of Champions League
FC BATE Borisov have finished another European Cup campaign. In the away match against Italy's Roma coach Alexander Ermakovich's BATE had to win against Roma in order to progress to the Champions League playoff or at least claim a place in the Europa League.
SKA Minsk developing youth handball
Minsk’s handball club SKA-Minsk trains second graders in a playful manner. They only learn the basics of handball, how to hold and dribble the ball, find positions on a playground and work until the end in each game situation. But they already know what club is a home one for them.
Sure, not everyone of these100 children who today train in SKA’s primary groups will become a professional handball player in the future. But training sessions help constantly strengthen their health.
Belarusian swimmers return from European Championship with 4 medals
A plane carrying the Belarusian swimming national team landed yesterday at National Airport Minsk.
Belarusian conquerors of pools have returned from Israel's Netanya, which hosted the European Short Course Swimming Championship. The Belarusian swimmers scooped four medals: one silver and three bronze. Such number of awards placed them 15th in the overall standings.
It is noteworthy that in three cases our countrymen set a national record together with winning the medal.
Belarus' Yegor Filipenko makes debut for Málaga CF in Spanish La Liga
The footballer of the Belarusian national team Egor Filipenko has held the first match in La Liga after being included in the starting XI in the away match against Athletic Bilbao.
Filipenko was in an unaccustomed position of defensive midfielder in the starting lineup, while his natural position is central defender. The Belarusian spent 45 minutes on the field and was substituted at half-time for Juanpi.
Belarus claim four medals at European Short Course Championships 2015
On the final day of the European Short Course Swimming Championships (25m), which ended on December 6 in Netanya, Israel, Belarus won a fourth and the last medal.
The award came after the men's team of Belarus (Pavel Sankovich, Ilya Shimanovich, Yevgeny Tsurkin and Anton Latkin) bagged bronze in the combined relay 4x50m, in 1:33.21. Italy won the race while Russia came in second.
On the first day of the competition, a bronze medal was won by the Belarusian men's team in the 4x50m freestyle relay.
Belarus wins third medal at LEN European Short Course Championships 2015
Yevgeny Tsurkin has brought Belarus a third medal at the European Short Course Swimming Championships, which takes place in Netanya, Israel.
Tsurkin stormed to silver in the men's 50m butterfly clocking 22.56 seconds. Gold went Ukraine (22.36) and bronze to Russia (22.69). Another representative of Belarus Pavel Sankovich took 5th place (22.82).
Minsk to host Rhythmic gymnastics Baby Cup December 5
The 16th international rhythmic gymnastics tournament Baby Cup will take place December 5 in Minsk. It will bring together a record number of participants: 400 girls aged from 4 to 10 will perform on the carpet of the Minsk Sports Palace. Competition will begin at 17 o'clock Belarus time.
Why do biathletes need micro-chips?
The most memorable moment for a biathlete is a finish line. If you cross it all alone, the result is apparent. But what if not? How is the faster biathlete detected if two or three finish at almost the same moment? Sometimes one-thousands of a second determine the winner.
A special system to control the biathletes during a race, called timing, has been created. The most popular timing system is Siwidata.
Biathlete Lyudmila Ananko: Raubichi has changed for the better
For how long haven’t you skied and fired a rifle?
Lyudmila Ananko, ex-member of the Belarusian national biathlon team:I guess five years. I ski with my family each winter in order not to forget the process.
A new biathlon season starts. What should Belarusian fans expect from this season? Domracheva is not going to compete, so what’s the interest?
November 23-29: Belarus sporting events review
Vadim Streltsov is the world champion in weightlifting. The Belarusian won in the category of up to 94kg. In the first exercise, he lifted only 175kg and 6th intermediate place. However, in the clean and jerk, Streltsov narrowed the gap, but also stepped into first place. Its total amount is 407 kilogram.
Belarusian trampoline jumpers brought from a world championship in Denmark six awards. In the team competition, women took silver and men scooped bronze.
Decline in Belarusian football match attendance needs to be addressed
A traditional media briefing held on November 30 in the House of Football. This meeting became the longest of all the previous ones, which is not surprising, because many things were to be discussed. After summarizing the November football events, First Deputy Chairman of the Football Federation, Sergey Safaryan, assessed the whole past season.
Belarusians' best moments during 2014/15 biathlon season
During the previous biathlon season, representatives of the Belarusian national team made it to the podium 16 times. For sure, most of the awards were won thanks to Darya Domracheva. She has exactly 75% of all the top places of the Belarusian team.
HC Dinamo Minsk news now available non-stop
HC Dinamo Minsk fans can now watch matches of their favourite team and get all the news whenever they want. Modern technologies will help them. Those who can’t visit away games will appreciate greatly this opportunity.
A new smartphone by Huawei is a practical and well-designed device of a limited edition. This multifunctional smartphone is also unique. It provides functions that will be useful to stay in touch with the world.
Belarus wins maximum number of Olympic licenses at IWF Houston World Weightlifting Championships 2015
Belarusian weightlifters have won the maximum number of Olympic licenses (10) at the IWF Houston World Weightlifting Championships 2015. Apart from cherished licenses Belarus' men were also second in the team classification, for the first time history.
This is all to a large extent thanks to the brilliant performance of Vadim Streltsov. In the weight category up to 94 kilograms, the Belarusian won two gold: one small and one big. In total, the athlete lifted 405 kilograms.
What's new in 2015/16 biathlon season?
The new biathlon season has kicked off in Sweden recently. Ostersund is hosting the World Cup for the 8th time in a row. The local ski stadium is one of the lowest among World Cup venues, which is ideal for the start of the season (athletes need to adjust to highlands coming later). The harsh Scandinavian climate creates perfect conditions for racing already at the end of November.
The season finishes, as in 2014/2015 season, in Russia's Khanty-Mansiysk.
VC Minchanka of Belarus into Women's CEV Challenge Cup last 32
The women's volleyball club Minchanka from Belarus' Minsk has entered the last 32 of the CTV Challenge Cup. Coach Oleg Gulevich's charges knocked Greek AEK out of the tournament on November 26.
Despite the fact that the return game ended with the score 3:0 in favor of the Belarusian club, the victory cannot be called easy.
Minchanka took the first set in quite a confident manner (25:18), but in the subsequent sets they would easily lose but eventually triumphed 28:26 and 27:25.
The Minsk club meets German VC Wiesbaden in the next round.
FC Dinamo Minsk beat Viktoria Plzen in Europa League's last home match
Dinamo Minsk have beaten Czech Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League group match, which was the last one for the club at home this season. However, even before the match Dinamo had lost any chance of progressing to the playoff after losing four Group I games and scoring only once. However, Viktoria is not doing well either: it is third in the group.
Successful athlete earns good money in Greco-Roman wrestling, Belarusian coach says
Today the guest of the TV program Sports Week on the CTV Channel is Igor Petrenko, head coach of the national Greco-Roman wrestling team of Belarus.
Two Belarusian teams participated in the Oleg Karavayev memorial tournament. Belarus took 2nd place and the first team took bronze. Are you satisfied with the result?
Of course, I’m satisfied with the result. But not all the athletes put up a good performance.
Who performed well? Who was the best?
Belarusian and Russian champions about Freestyle motocross
"The sound of the engine, a moment before the start, frequent pulse, rapid acceleration, a few seconds in a free fall, a moment where time both runs fast and stops, the impact at landing," says famous Russian motorcyclist Aleksey Kolesnikov describing his jump. These athletes are often called "mad men" because there are no simple tricks in freestyle motocross (FMX).
FMX is tricks performing while jumping from a special ramp.
Greco-Roman wrestling: match scoring system and reasons for disqualification
Greco-Roman wrestling rules used to be very simple: the winner should throw the rival down 3 times. Now the rules have changed. Wrestlers use a special mat and the time is limited by two three-minute periods.
Nikolay Bogdanenok, Belarusian Greco-Roman wrestling national team, senior coach:The yellow part of the mat is the working zone, the red part is the passivity zone. A fighter is punished when he steps out of the red zone.
Greco-Roman wrestling tournament in memory of O.Karaev held in Minsk
The team Belarus-2 lacked only three points to win the gold cup. For the first time in five years, the score was 4:4 in the finals and the victory depended on the quality of wins. For the fifth time in history the Russian team scooped the prize.
A Belarusian heavyweight of Georgian origin, Iosif Chugoshvili, was supposed to perform a miracle as he needed to get eight points for the team to win. He scored only five points but demonstrated a spectacular wrestling both in preliminary rounds and in the finals.
FC BATE Borisov draw Bayer Leverkusen 1-1, chances for playoff slim
Belarus' FC BATE Borisov were held by Bayer Leverkusen of Germany in the 5th-tour game of the Champions League at Borisov Arena on November 25.
The Belarusians had a decent first half, with Mihkail Gordeychuk scoring inside the first 90 seconds of the match. Bayer goalie Leno made a horrendous mistake letting the seemingly easy shot between the legs.
Elvira Herman: European Track and Field Junior Champion prepares for new victories
The key factors in track and field are speed and tactics. Rivalry is motivation. Belarusian athletes showed great results during the competitions last summer. Alina Talay’s success was amplified by Elvira Herman’s gold medal at the European Track and Field Junior Championship in the 100 meters hurdles. Elvira Herman is a promising Belarusian athlete.
Belarus to overhaul ice hockey player preparation system
Ice hockey is enjoyed by millions of Belarusians. But the President of Belarus is alarmed by the situation in ice hockey. Alexander Lukashenko said this hearing out reports of the country's sports functionaries. Performances results are quite unstable. This applies to the national team too. There are also questions to Dinamo Minsk. And this despite the fact that Belarus invests, to put it mildly, a lot of money in the development of the sport.
Alexander Lukashenko alarmed by situtation in Belarusian ice hockey
The Belarusian President is alarmed by the situation in Belarusian ice hockey. Alexander Lukashenko said this hearing out reports of the country's sports functionaries. The meeting discussed problems in the development of the sport. Ice hockey is popular among millions of fans of the country. But the results are unstable. This applies to the national team which is now preparing for the World Championship 2016 in Russia.
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Coaches' training in Europe much better than in Belarus, director of Coaches' High School says
The number of medals won at various competitions depends not only on the preparation of athletes, but also on the competence of coaches.
Any person, regardless of rank and status, must always keep fit and keep track of the latest trends in your sport. Therefore, the preparation of high-quality professionals is one of the most important aspects of the development of sports.
Winners of 2015 World Sambo Championship return to Belarus
The Belarusian team won 13 awards, including two gold medals, at the 2015 World Sambo Championship. The team returned to Belarus this week and shared impressions about the international tournament.
Belarusian sambo wrestler Svetlana Timoshenko has become the world's best in her weight category in Morocco. Svetlana had been chasing this medal during all her sporting career and finally the dream has come true for her!
Champions League main trophy in FC BATE Borisov's hometown
On November 20, BATE Borisov will play their last 16 game of the Belarus football cup against modest club Granit from Mikashevichi. This game would hardly attract much attention, if not for one fact. The real Champions League trophy will be put on display before that match in Borisov. On 19 November, the trophy traveled to the major Borisov plant with the same name BATE.
Belarus may introduce criminal liability for doping in sport
The TV program Sports Week talked to the National Anti-Doping Agency’s Director Denis Muzhzhukhin about the problems of doping in present-day sport and in Belarus in particular.
I guess the situation is just a paradox. Belarus stands for the purity of sport, doesn’t it?
Doping in sport: simple first aid kit may become a huge problem for athletes
Every family has a first aid kit, which helps with a number of problems. But for professional athletes this box with medicines can itself become a problem. Some of the drugs prescribed even for children can’t be used by athletes as they contain substances, for example, anabolic steroids, prohibited in sport.
Alesya Lytina, head of National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) Department of Prevention, Training and International Cooperation:We always advise athletes to consult a sports doctor before taking any drug.
Belarus sporting events review: 10-16 November 2015
HC Dinamo Minsk played four home games within a week in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). It was difficult to play all the matches in one breath, but Dinamo managed to save face.
The results are quite mixed:
Dinamo 1-4 Medvescak;
Dinamo 2-1 Slovan;
Dinamo Minsk 1-2 Dinamo Moscow;
Dinamo 3-2 Vityaz.
Sports and recreation centre with largest gym in Belarus opens
No money can buy health! This is an old truism. Both state and private business invest much money in the construction of health centers. Projects pay back, by the way. A few days ago, the new sports and recreation complex Mandarin opened in Minsk. President Lukashenko visited the "health plant" this week.
The name Mandarin is a bit strange for Belarus but it was chosen by the people. In Spanish this word means "to easily purify".
Oleg Borisevich:I liked it very much, very interesting. I took a pass for the whole year.
Andrei Stepanov about Dave Lewis, Belarus ice hockey national team and HC Dinamo Minsk
Andrei Stepanov’s ice hockey life is in full swing. Just within one week he changed from Dinamo Minsk colors into the Belarusian national team’s ones and vice versa. He accepted the invitation to play for the national ice hockey team instead of relaxing after matches.
Andrei Stepanov, forward of the national ice hockey team and HC Dinamo Minsk:I always give high priority to playing for the national team. That’s why I responded to the call with pleasure.
Yury Faikov: Dave Lewis is one of the greatest coaches in world hockey
Today the main theme of the TV program Sports Week has become ice hockey and the national team’s performance at the Euro Ice Hockey Challenge tournament. Our guest is one of Dave Lewis’ assistants and the head coach Yury Faikov. Hello, Yury. How was the tournament in Latvia?
Hello. The tournament turned out to be very difficult as the road and the short-term fees affected it. Moreover, the opponents were highly respectable: Italy, Latvia and Japan.
Latvia win Belarus' Presidential Sports Club ice hockey prize
An international hockey tournament for the prizes of the Presidential Sports Club finished in Minsk November 7. The competition was held for the eighth year. This tournament allows junior teams from different countries to get the gaming experience of international competitions. The matches were held at Chizhovka Arena, with thousands of spectators watching.
The organization of the tournament undoubtedly pleased the fans. By the way, this year, matches were broadcast online for the first time.
UN experts praise Belarus' environmental protection efforts
UN experts highly appreciate the activity of our country in the protection of the environment. Now Belarus supports the 20 international conventions on the protection of rare flora and fauna, the ozone layer, to prevent the pollution of air, soil and water quality improvement.
According to statistics, the Environmental Performance Index in our country over the recent 10 years has improved by almost 40 notches - Belarus is now 32nd out of 178 countries.
2015 cycling world champion Vasily Kiriyenko about sport, food, childhood and family
The professional athlete Vasily Kiriyenko has revealed a long-standing secret: he learned to ride a bike just at the age of 11.
2015 cycling world champion Vasily Kiriyenko:I don't know how to jump, to ride on the rear wheel. I even envy guys who can do that.
The year 2015 has become a truly "golden" for Vasily Kiriyenko: the victory at one of the stages of Giro d'Italia, the gold medal at the European Games and the victory at the world championship in Richmond. By the way, Kiriyenko rides the electric bike even for dinner.
What is the future of Belarusian athletics?
Deputy chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation, head coach of the national team Igor Sivodedov answered the questions of the program Sports Week on the CTV channel.
Now we have fall and winter is coming. Are athletes off season or is this the time for hard work?
800m world champion Marina Arzamasova about family, image and life after sport
Regardless of age, all professional runners have a stunning figure. Even acting models envy their lack of cellulite, flat stomach and very long legs. Marina Arzamasova first gave birth to a daughter, and then triumphantly ascended the World Olympus.
Marina Arzamasova, world champion in the women's 800 meters:After giving birth, I had extra motivation. Maybe perhaps this is women's nature - we wanna be weak and defenseless, but there is so much to do in this world and we still need to act.
Belarusian, Chinese notary offices sign cooperation deal
Notary offices of Belarus and China have signed a cooperation agreement. This is the result of the first official visit of a delegation of the Belarusian Chamber of Notaries to China.
The document should help develop business relations between the two countries, including in the establishment of the Belarusian-Chinese project "The Great Stone".
BATE v Barcelona: traffic jams, dealers and curiosities in Spanish press
There was much excitement around the BATE v Barcelona match. There was no similar hysteria even ahead of the Belarus v Spain match in the Euro 2016 qualification.
The Champions League game at Borisov-Arena was sold out. On the main road from Minsk to Borisov there was a real road collapse! Only a few hundred steps from the stadium, these motorists are trapped in the traffic jam and will hardly be on time for the match.
Dinamo Minsk scoop Belarusian Premier League silver
For the second round in a row the medal intrigue has been dying in the Belarusian football championship. Dinamo Minsk took on Mozyr's FC Slavia and won the silver medals several tours before the end of the championship.
Dinamo Minsk won 2-0 through a double by Chigozie Udoji and won second place. Slavia’s hopes of leaving the last position in the championship evaporated.
Dinamo thus became a record holder in terms of the number of times it won second place in the Belarusian Highest League – it won silver eight times.
BATE Borisov go down to Barcelona 2-0 in Champions League
In a match of the 3rd round of the Champions League group stage FC BATE lost to one of the strongest teams in Europe, Spain's Barcelona 0:2.
On the crowded Borisov Arena stadium Barcelona from the first minute predictably took the match under control and attacked the Belarusian goal many times. However, the confident game of the BATE goalkeeper Sergei Chernik did not allow the Spaniards to score in the first half. Moreover, inspired by the game of their goalkeeper, BATE in the second part of the first half organized several potentially dangerous attacks.