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25.08.2015

Belarus-UEFA project: New stadium with artificial turf opens in Brest
Belarus-UEFA project: New stadium with artificial turf opens in Brest Training in any weather. A new football field with artificial turf opened in Brest. The project is part of an international program Belarus is implementing with UEFA. As part of the UEFA program, Belarus Football Federation creates at least one such field in one of the six Belarusian regions. Across the country, there are more than 20 such pitches. The project cost is about 10 billion Belarusian rubles.
Augustow Canal hosts first Belarusian swamp football championship
Augustow Canal hosts first Belarusian swamp football championship Swamp football is an exotic sport for Belarusians. On August 22 the first championships in this sport was held on Augustow Canal. About 20 teams took part in the competition. The winners were determined not only by points earned but also by how dirty players are. Swamp football as a separate sport appeared in the Nordic countries 15 years ago. Today, it is popular in almost all over Europe. Rules of the game are a collection of various sports: from professional football to rugby and even ice hockey.
Belarus claims 10 medals at 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
Belarus claims 10 medals at 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships The 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships finished in Italy's Milan where Belarusians were almost equal to none. Out of Belarus' 10 medals are 5 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze. Belarusians won 12 Olympic licenses for the Rio Games. The adult team will rest for a while but the youth will now have to leave for the next cup.  For athletes, every tournament is another chance to better prepare for the forthcoming Olympics.

24.08.2015

International ice hockey tournament for HC Dinamo prizes ends August 23
International ice hockey tournament for HC Dinamo prizes ends August 23 The international ice hockey tournament for the prizes of HC Dinamo Minsk gathered at the Palace of Sports in Minsk 15-year-old athletes from Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. The Ukrainian player Petro Dovgan says this tournament is a good opportunity to learn something new and prepare for the forthcoming season. 15-year-old HC Dinamo Minsk won the tournament and supported the high playing standards of their senior colleagues, who are now playing in the KHL.
Belarus women 2nd at 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships in Minsk
Belarus women 2nd at 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships in Minsk The 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships have finished in the Belarusian capital Minsk on August 23. The competitions lasted three days. 16 teams in the men's and women's events competed for victory. For Belarusians, 3x3 basketball is quite a new sport. Even the current European champions Spain, who less than two weeks ago won in the Junior European Championship in classic basketball, did not miss the opportunity to test their strength in the 3x3 format.
Belarusians win two gold medals at Canoe Sprint World Championships 2015
Belarusians win two gold medals at Canoe Sprint World Championships 2015 Triumph of Belarusians at the Canoe Sprint World Championships 2015. On August 23, women's K2 (Margarita Makhneva and Marina Lytvynchuk) won "gold" in the 200 meters event.  Shortly after that on the same day, Belarus grabbed another gold: this time in the women's K4 500m. The President of Belarus congratulated the athletes on the success.

21.08.2015

Azarenka withdraws from Western & Southern Open because of injury
Injury forces Azarenka out of Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati Victoria Azarenka (world No21) has withdrawn from the tennis tournament in Cincinnati (USA), which prize pool is $2,400,490.
Frustrated Arsenal fan sends Alexander Hleb message from the dead
Frustrated Arsenal fan sends Alexander Hleb message from the dead The British football enthusiast Geoff Cohen was a fan of Arsenal for decades. But he was not fond of Alexander Hleb, who played for Arsenal for several years in the mid-2000s. This could be even called hatred since the man asked his son to engrave this hatred on his tombstone after his death, according to The Telegraph. Gunners' fans have contradictory opinions about Hleb: some consider him a technically gifted player while others think that he is an unstable and inconsistent player, who is not very fond of attacking.
Junior's international tournament for HC Dinamo Minsk prizes to begin August 21
Junior's international tournament for HC Dinamo Minsk prizes to begin August 21 Minsk will bring together future ice hockey stars for the fifth time. On August 21 an international tournament among juniors for the prizes of Dinamo Minsk starts in the Belarus capital.  Juniors born in 2000 will compete at the small ice arena of the Palace of Sports. Taking part in the competition will be teams from Minsk, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Riga. Fifteen matches are scheduled. Besides cups and medals, four players will receive the titles of the top scorer, defenseman, goalkeeper and striker.  

20.08.2015

Dinamo Minsk 2-0 Salzburg. Europa League playoff 1st leg
Dinamo Minsk 2-0 Salzburg. Europa League playoff 1st leg FC Dinamo Minsk are one foot in Europa League group stage after beating FC Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 at home in Brest in the first leg of the Europa League playoff. On 57 minutes, Gleb Rassadkin opened the scoring. In the second half he had a very good chance to make a double but narrowly missed in a one-on-one chance. However, Dinamo doubled the lead a few minutes after that chance. Nenad Adamovic was closest to the loose ball, which bounced off the Salzburg goal's post and tapped it in for a 2-0 scoreline. 
Belarusians scoop silver at Modern Pentathlon European Championships
Belarusians scoop silver at Modern Pentathlon European Championships The first day of the European Championship in modern pentathlon brought a medal to Belarusian athletes. On Tuesday, in the mixed relay, Ilya Polozkov and Ekaterina Oryol won silver. Taking part in the competition are nine strongest teams in Europe. Before the final discipline (running and shooting) our duet was 3rd position, but very strong teams - the UK, Germany and Lithuania - were behind. In this tough competition, the Belarusian won and moved up to second place jumping ahead of the Russian team. Italy won the event.
BC Tsmoki Minsk preparing for 2015-2016 season
BC Tsmoki Minsk preparing for new season after summer breaks For BC Tsmoki Minsk the season begins only in October 2015, but they are already training for the forthcoming campaign. Igor Grishchuk, Tsmoki’s coach, is a professional and demands the same attitude from his charges. He says that 1.5 months of fruitful training will pass very quickly.
Victoria Azarenka advances to round 3 at Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati
Victoria Azarenka beats Caroline Wozniacki to sail into round 3 at Western & Southern Open The former top-ranked WTA player Victoria Azarenka has advanced to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (the prize fund is $2.7 million) beating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark for the fourth time this season. Prior to the game, the H2H score was 6:4 in favor of the Belarusian tennis player. In 2015, the women met three times - in Melbourne (6:4, 6:2), Doha (6:3, 6:1) and Rome (6:2, 7:6).
Palova Arena in Minsk will host the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships
Palova Arena in Minsk to host the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships Tomorrow, on August 21, Minsk will play host to the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships. Preparation actually took two weeks. Boys and girls have been training hard and are getting used to the 3x3 arena. “According to the competition rules, coaches will not be able to help their charges with advice,” says Andrei Pavlenko, coach of Belarus U18. “Our task is to teach them to make right decisions on their own.” He admits that psychological pressure is high prior to the start.
FC Dinamo Minsk to face Red Bull Salzburg in Europa League playoff August 20
FC Dinamo Minsk to face Red Bull Salzburg in Europa League playoff August 20 On August 20, Dinamo Minsk play their first match of the play-off of the UEFA Europa League. The White-Blues play Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. The game will take place in Brest (the Belarusian capital currently doesn't have its own stadium of the appropriate level).  If Dinamo win in this two-leg tie, they will get into the Europa League group stage for the second time in the history. The return leg will be played on August 27. Will the city over the Bug River become happy for Dinamo? The game will begin at 18.00 CET.

19.08.2015

Victoria Azarenka defeats Lauren Davis at Cincinnati WTA tournament
Victoria Azarenka defeats Lauren Davis at Cincinnati WTA tournament Victoria Azarenka (WTA No21) has qualified for the second round of the tennis tournament in Cincinnati (USA) with a prize pool of $2,400,490. On August 18, in the 1/32 final, the Belarusian defeated USA's Lauren Davis (85) with a score of 6:1, 6:2. Azarenka's next opponent will be fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark. Their head-to-head score is 6:4 in favor of the Belarusian.
BATE celebrating a goal at Borisov Arena
FC BATE snatch narrow win versus Partizan in Champions League playoff FC BATE Borisov defeated on August 18 Serbian Partizan at Borisov Arena in the first leg of the decisive round of the Champions League qualification. Mikhail Gordeichuk scored the only goal 75 minutes into the game with a neat header from Igor Stasevich's corner. Partizan were reduced to ten men after Marko Jevtović received his second yellow card in the 45th minute of the first half and were unable to pose significant threat to BATE in the second half.

14.08.2015

Sara Errani beats former World No1 Victoria Azarenka at WTA Toronto tournament
Video: Sara Errani beats former World No1 Victoria Azarenka at WTA Toronto tournament Belarusian Victoria Azarenka failed to beat Italian Sara Errani and progress to the quarterfinals of the WTA tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada (the prize fund $2.5 million). Azarenka (21) lost to Errani (17) in straight sets 5:7, 3:6. The meeting lasted 1 hour 48 minutes. Before that Victoria Azarenka beat Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (15) 6:1, 6:4 and the world's number 4 Czech Petra Kvitova 6:2, 6:3. Next week, Victoria will take part in a tournament in US Cincinnati.

13.08.2015

Raubichi preparing for Biathlon Race of Legends
Belarus' Raubichi preparing for Biathlon Race of Legends The sports complex Raubichi is preparing for the festival "Race of legends. Stars of the world biathlon for peace." This event takes place exactly in one month. However, many famous athletes have already agreed to come to this event to Belarus at the invitation of biathlon superstar Darya Domracheva.  Famous masters of rifles and skis will hold two races in Raubichi.   Double Olympic champion Anna Bogaliy has confirmed her participation in the race. She completed performances for the Russian biathlon team a few years ago.
Dave Lewis to work with Belarus ice hockey team until 2018
Dave Lewis to work with Belarus ice hockey team until 2018 The contract signed with head coach of the Belarusian national ice hockey team Dave Lewis ends in 2018, after the Olympic cycle. This was announced today at a press conference by chairman of the Hockey Federation of the Republic of Belarus Igor Rachkovsky.

12.08.2015

Belarus third at one of stages of International Army Games in Russia
Belarus third at one of stages of International Army Games in Russia Belarusian marines failed to bypass the rivals in the final round of the competition Masters of Intelligence. This was one of the stages of international army games, which is a kind of mixture of sports and martial arts. At the shooting range in Novosibirsk, hosts Russia took leadership. Teams of Belarus and the People's Republic of China throughout the competition stubbornly refused to lose to each other, being second and third interchangeably but in the end Belarus finished only in third.
Victoria Azarenka past Svitolina into Rogers Cup round 2
Victoria Azarenka past Elina Svitolina into Rogers Cup round 2 Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (21st in the WTA ranking) has qualified for the second round of Rogers Cup in Toronto. On August 11 Azarenka dominated in the match against Elina Svitolina (15) of Ukraine and beat her, 6:1, 6:4. Azarenka's next opponent will be third-seeded Petra Kvitova (4) of the Czech Republic, who did not play in the first round.
International professional tennis tournament Amkodor Cup 2015 underway in Minsk
International professional tennis tournament Amkodor Cup 2015 underway in Minsk Amkodor Cup is tennis for everybody. That is the motto of the Minsk international professional tennis tournament. The high level of competition, as well as a decent prize fund allowed inviting participants from all over the world. Taking part in the Amkodor Cup is very broad: Israel, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, France, Germany and even athletes from China. Six Belarusians are taking part too. Among them are leaders Egor Gerasimov and Dmitry Zhirmont, who are taking part in the Davis Cup.

10.08.2015

Belarusians win 22 medals at U15&U17 European Weightlifting Championships
Belarusians win 22 medals at U15&U17 European Weightlifting Championships Belarusian youth weightlifters returned to Belarus on August 9 bringing 22 medals from Sweden’s Landskrona, which hosted the U15&U17 European Weightlifting Championships. Belarusians set there 13 records. Only boys won gold, while girls’ highest place was second. One of the best weightlifters in Team Belarus was Konstantin Kurovsky. Konstantin Kurovsky, European weightlifting champion (youth):I accomplished what I wanted. I am pleased to set 9 European records.

07.08.2015

Minsk to host Polo Marathon on city day September 13
Minsk to host Polo Marathon on city day September 13 People running on the central streets of Minsk no more surprise anyone. Belarusians more and more get accustomed to a healthy lifestyle. On August 6, the center of the capital for a few hours turned into a running track. On Thursday, anyone could try the unique route of Minsk Polo Marathon. The distance was more than 6 kilometers and passed through the main streets of Minsk. Minsk Half Marathon is a young event. For the first time, the competition was held on City Day in 2013.
Dinamo Minsk to take on FC Red Bull Salzburg in Europa League qualification playoff FC Dinamo Minsk of Belarus will face FC Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League qualification play-off. The games will take place on 20 and 27 August. Dinamo play the first leg at home. Dinamo started the Europa League qualification from the 2nd round and yesterday went past Zurich of Switzerland after the 1-1 draw in extra time (Dinamo won first leg away 1-0). Red Bull Salzburg were eliminated by Swedish Malmo in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round.
BATE to take on Serbia’s Partizan in Champions League qualification playoff FC BATE Borisov will take on Serbia's Partizan in the Champions League qualification playoff. BATE were the seeded side and thus may be considered favorites in the pair. BATE progressed to the Champions League group stage four times and are eager to complete their fifth attempt successfully. BATE earlier defeated Videoton of Hungary 2-1 on aggregate. Other pairs of the champions route are as follows: Astana(KAZ) v APOEL(CYP) Skënderbeu (ALB) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Celtic (SCO) v Malmö (SWE) Basel(SUI) v M. Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Ruslan Salei, Belarus' ice hockey player who died in plane crash
Ruslan Salei memorial ice hockey touriament kicks off in Minsk Today in Minsk, there will start the annual Ice Hockey Cup of Belarus, which was renamed in 2013 Ruslan Salei Cup. On September 7, 2011 the legendary ice hockey player Ruslan Salei of Belarus, was killed along with the team "Lokomotiv" in a plane crash. The plane was taking off from the Yaroslavl airport. Due to numerous requests of fans, now this annual event is a tribute to the ice hockey player.
FC Dinamo Minsk battle past Zurich into Europa League playoff After the away victory over Zurich 1:0 FC Dinamo Minsk snatched a home draw 1:1 and progressed to the Europa League qualification playoff, which is the last round before the group stage. The Minsk club conceded in the fourth minute of the match when a fast attack resulted in a goal by Amin Chermiti. After that Dinamo took initiative in their hands and began to gradually increase pressure on Zurich defense. The most dangerous moment came at the end of the first half when Roman Begunov failed to use Vladimir Korytko's great pass.

06.08.2015

Mirnyi, Lopez into Citi Open round 2
Mirnyi, Lopez into Citi Open round 2 Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Spain's Feliciano Lopez advanced to the second round of the ATP doubles tennis tournament Citi Open in Washington (the prize fund is $1.75 million). In the first round, the Belarusian-Spanish tandem in two sets outplayed the hosts of the court, Americans S. Johnson / S. Querrey, 6:4, 7:6 (9). The latter received wild card. Mirnyi and Lopez will face Croat-Brazilian duo Ivan Dodig / Marcelo Melo, seeded second. 
Young biathletes from Japan arrive for training camp in Belarus for the first time
Young biathletes from Japan arrive for training camp in Belarus for the first time Japan does not have their junior biathlon team. Neither do they have a special program for the training of children. Therefore, after big victories of young Belarusian biathletes at the juniors' and youth's world championships and triumph of the three-time Olympic gold medalist Darya Domracheva the Japanese selected Belarus as a training ground for the future Japanese champions.
Belarus' BATE progress to Champions League qualification playoff Nemanja Nikolic, who joined FC BATE Borisov this year from FC Dinamo Minsk, scored the only goal of the Champions Leauge third qualifying round second leg tie against Hungary's Videoton in the 82nd minute. He was fed from the right corner of the penalty area by Maksim Zhavnerchik, one of the best on the pitch on August 5 night. By that time Videoton were playing 20 minutes without Dutch Kees Luyckx, who had been sent off for two yellow cards.

05.08.2015

Belarusian Yana Nesterova wins FINA World Championships bronze
Belarusian Yana Nesterova wins FINA World Championships bronze The Belarusian athlete Yana Nesterova has scooped bronze of the FINA World Championships in Kazan. In the high-diving (20-meter tower), the Belarusian, after three attempts, gained 233.10 points. Two US athletes were stronger: Rachel Simpson became the world champion (258.70), while Cecile Carlton won silver. Photo: tatar-inform.ru
Firesport World Championship underway in Grodno
Belarus' Grodno hosting Firesport World Championship Grodno these days has turned into an international capital of fire-rescue sport. The World Championship brought together more than 300 participants. As many as 12 countries will compete for medals in several disciplines during 4 days. Belarus are among the favorites. Of the 10 previous world championships, Belarusians won 4. 

04.08.2015

BATE eager to sail past Videoton in Champions League
BATE eager to succeed against Videoton in Champions League At the press center of Borisov Arena, there has been held a press conference of the head coach of BATE Alexander Ermakovich, dedicated to the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League 2015/16 against Hungarian Videoton. The coach told media that Igor Stasevich may not take part in the match because of the aftermath of his injury. Stasevich spent with the team only one training session. A decision regarding him will be made just before the game.
Domracheva to miss the 2015-2016 biathlon season through illness
Domracheva on missing biathlon season: Illness is my restart It was announced on 4 August that three-time Olympic champion and winner of the Big Crystal Globe Darya Domracheva will miss the upcoming biathlon season. The biathlete is going to fully recover, both emotionally and physically. Domracheva announced that she was taking a break for the following season due to accumulated fatigue and "sudden" mononucleosis - acute viral disease.
Belarus' Domracheva to miss 2015/2016 biathlon season
Belarus' Domracheva to miss 2015/2016 biathlon season Three-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva, of Belarus, has stated officially that she is going to miss the upcoming biathlon season.

03.08.2015

FC Dinamo Minsk opens second fan shop
FC Dinamo Minsk opens second fan shop Following the victory over FC Zurich last week, Dinamo Minsk gave their fans one more gift. A second brand store of the Blue-Whites, opened its doors in Minsk. Eduard Malofeyev, honored coach of the USSR:We must improve the quality of the game. Then the audience will get back into the stands. Have you seen the attendance recently? It is our misfortune. It hurts. We can get them back only playing well. Increasing the amount of work.
Belarus' Vladimir Ignatik wins international tennis tournament in Slovakia
Belarus' Vladimir Ignatik wins international tennis tournament in Slovakia Belarusian Vladimir Ignatik (pictured) beat Slovakian tennis player Philip Gorski, 6:3, 7:5, in the final of an international tennis tournament in the Slovak town of Piešťany. The news agency BelTA informs that before the decisive match, the Belarusian was considered a favorite and lived up to that status by winning in two games.  On the way to the final, Vladimir Ignatik beat Czech Václav Šafránek, 6:3, 6:3.

31.07.2015

Belarusian football fans against police's tough personal search measures
Belarusian football fans against police's tough personal search measures On July 30 the House of Football hosted a traditional briefing held for media representatives. One of the main themes of the dialogue was the sale of exclusive rights to the online broadcast of the championship of Belarus to a German company. During three years, it will use the broadcasts of the Belarusian Highest League games for a variety of purposes. In the first place, it may transfer it to bookmakers.
Belarus preparing for 2015 Muaythai World Championships
Belarus preparing for 2015 Muaythai World Championships Kunlun Fight is a relatively new project in the fighting ring. Nevertheless, in less than 2 years, from obscure Chinese action it turned into a major professional tournament on the planet. Belarusian Muay Thai and kickboxing athletes, as befits global trendsetters, play a major role in this sport.
Zurich 0-1 Dinamo Minsk. Europa League 3rd qualifying round. Highlights Dinamo Minsk won 1-0 away versus Swiss Zurich in the first match of the third qualifying round of the Europa League. The first half was an equal fight, and in the second, Dinamo looked confident and in the 65th minute the Minsk side were awarded a penalty and top scorer Fatos Beqiraj opened the scoring. After the goal, Dinamo continued to attack and created several chances but the score did not change. Photo: FC Dinamo Minsk website

30.07.2015

Belarus stopped in Junior Handball World Championship quarterfinals
Germany stops Belarus in 2015 Junior Handball World Championship quarterfinals in Brazil The Belarus junior handball team (U21) have been knocked out of the World Championships in Brazil in the quarterfinals. The Belarusians succumbed to a 37:43 defeat at the hands of Germany (17:19 at HT). Both teams played poorly in defense, which is evidenced by the 80 goals. The top three scorers in the Belarusian squad were Artem Korolyok (9 goals), Nikita Vaylupov (6) and Gleb Garbuz (5).

29.07.2015

Belarus junior handball team progress to World Championship quarterfinal
Belarus junior handball team progress to World Championship quarterfinal The handball team of Belarus in overtime defeated Qatar and reached the quarterfinals of the Junior World Championship in Brazil. Qatar v Belarus 35:36 (16:15, 31:31). In the 1/4 finals, Oleg Shareiko's side will meet Germany. Belarusians finished in group stage (Group A) in second place won four victories and suffered only one defeat against the Swedes.
Dinamo Minsk to meet Zurich in Europa League 3rd qualifying round On July 29 morning, a charter flight with Dinamo Minsk delegation departed for the capital of Switzerland, where on July 30 Dinamo play the first match of the third qualifying round of the Europa League against FC Zurich.  Vasily Knyazyuk, spokesman of FC Dinamo (Minsk):We are in good mood, we are ready to fight. Tomorrow we will see what happens. In the evening, Vuk Rasovic will give a traditional pre-match press conference and then the Minsk club will hold a pre-match training session.
BATE denied victory by Videoton's late goal in Champions League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg
BATE denied victory by Videoton's late goal in Champions League 3rd qualifying round 1st leg The Yellow-Blues missed an opportunity to grab a Champions League draw win in Szekesfehervar yesterday evening conceding a late goal just a couple of minutes before the final whistle. Goalie Sergei Chernik was close to producing another miracle of the night but his dive was not enough to tip off an opponent's header that made it 1-1.

28.07.2015

Wakeboarding in Belarus
Wakeboarding in Belarus Wakeboarding has come to Belarus. This extreme sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. There are two disciplines: boat wakeboarding and cable wakeboarding.  Belarus has even held the national championship in this sport. Wake means "wave behind the boat" and those who catch this wave are called "lazy surfers." In Belarus, the water reservoir Drozdy is one of the hubs of wakeboarding. Even professionals fall into water since the minimum speed of the boat is 20km/h.
CIS long-term mission to start monitoring Belarus presidential elections by August 12 A long-term mission of the CIS plans to start monitoring the presidential elections in Belarus until 12 August. This was reported by the Central Election Commission of the country. During the month, OSCE monitors will also arrive in Belarus. The CEC has accredited seven national observers. Recently, this list has been supplemented by representatives of the Communist and Liberal Democratic parties.
Belarus to take on Qatar in 2015 Men's Junior World Handball Championship round of 16
Belarus to take on Qatar in 2015 Men's Junior World Handball Championship round of 16 The Belarusian junior handball team did not leave a chance to the last opponent in the group stage of the world championship. Oleg Shareiko's side defeated peers from Paraguay 49:16.  Thus, Belarusians finished second in his sextet, behind Sweden. On July 28 our juniors will take on Qatar in the round of 16. Other most awaited matches of this stage include the ties Spain v Russia, Brazil v Denmark and France v Norway.

27.07.2015

Belarus' FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification calendar
Belarus' FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification calendar Belarus will begin qualification of the 2018 World Cup with a home game against France. It will take place on September 6, 2016, according to Pressball. The draw placed Belarus in a very difficult group. The draw for the FIFA World Cup's European Zone Qualification took place on Saturday in St. Petersburg. Belarus is in Group A together with the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, and Luxembourg. Coach Alexander Khatskevich's team will play the matches on the following dates: October 7, 2016 Netherlands v Belarus
Maksim Ryzhenkov, first vice-president of National Olympic Committee of Belarus
Team Belarus to take part in European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi Belarus not long ago sent athletes to Azerbaijan, where they defended the honor of the country at the 1st European Games in Baku. On July 25, the younger national team went to Tbilisi. That city hosted the opening ceremony of the European Youth Festival. Belarus is represented in six of the nine sports: swimming, gymnastics, tennis, athletics, cycling and judo. Expectations are high but there is no pressure on the team.

24.07.2015

Vladislav Alexandrov, two-time world champion in Thai boxing, tells CTV channel about professional plans
Vladislav Alexandrov, two-time world champion in Thai boxing, tells CTV channel about professional plans Thai boxing in Belarus is developing not worse than ice hockey - each international tournament brings Belarusians a bunch of new medals. The crew of CTV Sport met with one of boxers. He has recently moved away into the shadows but we learned that we can soon expect a loud comeback. Vlad Alexandrov has been doing Thai boxing for 7 years. And he is not a bit sorry about his choice of sport. After all, Muay Thai fulfilled his big dream. 
Belarusian Alexei Alexandrov wins international chess tournament Minsk Open
Belarusian Alexei Alexandrov wins international chess tournament Minsk Open The international chess tournament Minsk Open ended in Minsk. The tournament's main prize was twenty million rubles. The event brought together over a hundred participants. The chess Olympics, in contrast to the traditional, is held every two years. The forum is a huge dream for every chess player. Alexei Alexandrov, in his sporting life, fought for Olympic medals seven times, and only in 1998 could become a bronze medalist in the individual competition. The Belarusian team has not reached the coveted podium.
Europa League: Dinamo Minsk fans boycott Cherno More game
Europa League: Dinamo Minsk fans boycott Cherno More game Dinamo Minsk played the return leg of the second qualifying round of the Europa League at home on 23 July. In the second match against Cherno More from Bulgaria the hosts were to keep a clean sheet. The White-Blues dealt with this problem and did much more. Nevertheless, this game was not fully 'home' in its essence: because of the boycott of supporters, Dinamo's fan sector was empty.

23.07.2015

Dinamo Minsk through to Europa League 3rd qualifying round FC Dinamo Minsk have entered the 3rd round of the 2015/16 Europa League qualification after defeating Cherno More 5-1 on aggregate. In today's return leg, the Minsk club won 4-0 at home. Korytko scored with a brilliant shot a free kick at the end of the first half. Cherno More were reduced to 10 men late into the first half. After 58 minutes, Nenad Adamovic fired a short from distance that flew into the top corner of the net. Fatos Bećiraj added a third and fourth on 86 and 90+2 minutes.
0-0 draw v Dundalk propels BATE to Champions League 3rd qualifying round
0-0 draw vs Dundalk propels BATE to Champions League 3rd qualifying round Belarus champions BATE will continue their Champions League campaign this season. On Wednesday evening the Borisov club played the second leg of the second qualifying round of the most prestigious club tournament in the continent. Alexander Ermakovich's wards took on Irish Dundalk. A week earlier, the Belarusians won 2-1 at home. This time BATE managed not to concede and the 0-0 draw saw BATE sail into the new round. 
Dinamo Minsk take on Cherno More Varna in second leg of Europa League qualifying
Dinamo Minsk take on Cherno More Varna in second leg of Europa League qualifying Dinamo Minsk will play their second leg of the Europa League 2nd qualifying round at home unlike Shahktyor, who take on Wolfsberger in Austria. Dinamo will play Cherno More Varna after the first leg's 1-1 away draw. The result gives the Minsk club good chances of progressing to the third round. Last season, Dinamo for the first time in history qualified for the Europa League groups stage but came in last in their section.
Shahktyor Soligorsk to play return match of the Europa League 2nd qualifying round
Shahktyor Soligorsk to play return match of the Europa League 2nd qualifying round FC Shakhtyor Soligrosk are now in Austria to prepare for the second leg of the Europa League qualification against Wolfsberger. Shakhtyor have to score at least twice and concede no more than once to get through. The Austrians were not allowed to play on home turf since their staduim has a lot of standing places, which is against the tournament's rules. Hypo-Arena will host the game instead, a super modern stadium, which by the way hosted a couple of EURO 2008 matches.

22.07.2015

Nelli Kim gymnastics school to open in Minsk in December 2015
Nelli Kim gymnastics school to open in Minsk in December 2015 In December 2015 in Minsk, there may open a gymnastics school named after Nellie Kim. Five-time Olympic champion unexpectedly received such a proposal directly upon arrival in Belarus. At the airport, the legend was met by Chairwoman of the Presidium of the Belarusian Association of Gymnastics Elena Skripel and journalists. The forge of new stars will be based on the athletic arena in 111 Kalinovskogo Street. The gym will be equipped with the latest technology.

21.07.2015

Belarus win in opening game of 2015 Men's Junior World Handball Championship
Belarus win in opening game of 2015 Men's Junior World Handball Championship The 2015 Men's Junior World Handball Championship is now underway in Brazil. Belarus played their first match against the Netherlands. The final score 37:25 in favor of Belarus fully reflects the balance of power on the court. In Group C, Belarus will also play against Russia, Paraguay, Tunisia and Sweden. It it Swedes who Belarusians will take on in the second match. Sweden won in their opener against Tunisia. The game against Sweden is due on July 22.

20.07.2015

Belarus defeat Turkey in second round of Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Belarus defeat Turkey in second round of Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II Belarusian tennis players defeated the visiting Turkish team and reached the third round of Group II Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup. To determine the winner, the sides had to play all five matches.  On the first day, on July 17, the rivals exchanged victories.   On the second day, on July 18, there was held a doubles match. Belarusian Max Mirnyi (38th in the doubles ranking) and Sergei Betov (74) were much stronger than Baris Erguden (679) and Anil Yuksel (668), 6:2, 6:1, 6:4.

17.07.2015

Shakhtyor Soligorsk may face Borussia Dortmund in Europa League 3rd qualifying round
Shakhtyor Soligorsk may face Borussia Dortmund in Europa League 3rd qualifying round After today’s draw in Nyon, FC BATE Borisov and other Belarusian clubs learned their possible rivals in the next rounds of the Champions League and Europa League. BATE may face the winner of the Videoton v New Saints tie. The Hungarian side were stronger in the first away game 1-0. The Champions League 3rd round games will take place on 28/29 July and 4/5 August. BATE won 2-1 against Ireland’s Dundalk at home at Borisov Arena.
Famous Belarusian athlete receives 4-year ban
Famous Belarusian athlete receives 4-year ban for doping Famous Belarusian athlete, participant of the Olympics 2012 and World Championship 2013, winner of 4th place at indoor Euro 2013, the champion of Belarus in the 800 meters event (1:44.43) Anis Ananenko is suspended for 4 years for the use of gene doping (international classification GW 1516), according to a disciplinary decision NADA Anti-Doping Commission as of July 14.  According to the official site of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), the count of punishment starts from 16 June 2015 and will end June 15, 2019. 
Domracheva may miss the 2015-2016 biathlon season through illness
Domracheva may miss next season through illness Currently, the Olympic champion biathlete Darya Domracheva of Belarus is not training. Earlier Domracheva said that she was diagnosed with a viral disease - mononucleosis. According to the Belarus 1 TV channel, recovery may take up to three months. There is a possibility that Domracheva may miss the upcoming season. Earlier, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) published the calendar of the World Cup season 2015/16 and the World Championships in Holmenkollen. The season starts on 29 November.
Shakhtyor Soligorsk succumb to 0-1 home defeat against Wolfsberger Belarusian clubs July 16 started in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Salihorsk's Shakhter lost the home game against Wolfsberger AC 0-1.  Shakhter managed to get together and organize a good attack only on 15 minutes but Kovalev's powerful strike went wide. Both teams were cautious, knowing the price of mistakes. By the middle of the first half the game equalized but the home team lacked attacking moves. 
FC Dinamo Minsk pull off 1-1 draw in Europa League qualifier vs Cherno More
FC Dinamo Minsk pull off 1-1 draw in Europa League qualifier vs Cherno More Belarusian clubs July 16 started in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Dinamo Minsk were more convincing in the away game against Varna's Cherno More, which ended 1-1. Dinamo Minsk did not have the best of matches in Bulgaria's Varna but managed to achieve an acceptable outcome. The hosts attacked for the most of the match but scored only once. After 11 minutes, Mathias Coureur dealt with Politevich and Edigaryan in the penalty area and beat Gutor. 

16.07.2015

Max Mirnyi to play for Belarus against Turkey in Davis Cup
Max Mirnyi to play for Belarus against Turkey in Davis Cup A Davis Cup draw was held in Istanbul to decide on the order of matches between Belarus and Turkey in Group II of the Euro-African zone. On the first day of the competition on July 17, there will be held two singles matches. Egor Gerasimov (world No 327) plays with Marcel Ilhan (78) followed by the Dmitry Zhirmont (241) v Cem İlkel (438) match. 
Dinamo Minsk to face Cherno More in Europa League 2nd round qualifier On July 15 in the morning, the delegation of FC Dinamo Minsk flew to Bulgaria for the season's first Europa League match. The team will face Cherno More from Varna in the first leg of the second qualifying round.  Cherno More Varna is a rather modest club who took 8th place in the Bulgarian championship last season but made a historic achievement winning the Bulgarian Cup after ousting Slavia Sofia, Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Levski Sofia.

15.07.2015

BATE 2-1 Dundalk. Champions League qualifier
BATE 2-1 Dundalk. Stubborn Irish succumb to narrow defeat in Borisov in Champions League qualifier Belarus' FC BATE Borisov faced a tough challenge from Ireland's FC Dundalk in the Champions League second qualifying round. The Belarusians, however, managed to snatch a narrow yet important 2-1 win at home on July 15. BATE quickly took the lead in the 11th minute, with Rodionov making a stunning pass to Karnitsky who didn't hesitate with the shot and beat Rogers from distance.
Azarenka back into WTA top 20 Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenka at the end of Wimbledon moved up 5 notches in the updated WTA ranking and entered the top twenty. At Wimbledon, Victoria Azarenka reached the quarterfinals, where in three sets lost to the future winner of the tournament, top tennis player of the world American Serena Williams. As a result, Azarenka has risen from 24th to 19th place.
Oleg Shareiko, head coach of the junior national team of Belarus (U-21)
Belarus holds last home friendly before 2015 Men's Junior World Handball Championship By the end of the week the U21 national handball team of Belarus will go to the Handball World Championships in Brazil. On July 14, the Belarusian team held their last home friendly. These guys want to become part of the senior national team in the future. But to accomplish this mission, they have to work hard and win at the World Championships.   Belarus held pre-tournament friendlies against Russia in the past two days. Russians lost both games.
Anton Putsila. Photo: olaymedya.com
Belarusian midfielder Anton Putsila moves to Turkey's Gaziantepspor The Turkish football club Gaziantepspor on July 14 announced the signing of a two-year contract with 28-year-old Belarusian midfielder Anton Putsila. The player was earlier contracted to Torpedo Moscow where he scored four goals and became the team's top scorer. The capital's club took penultimate place and dropped out of the Premier League of the Russian Championship. Gaziantepspor finished in 10th place in the championship of Turkey, gaining as many points as Genclerbirligi where another Belarusian midfielder Alexander Hleb played half of last season.
FC BATE preparing for Champions League match against Dundalk
FC BATE preparing for Champions League match against Dundalk Dudinka. BATE are having a training session prior to the Champions League match against Irish Dundalk. Alexander Fedorovich puts cones in one half of the training field. Gordeychuk and Signevich are passing on the other half. Nemanja Nikolic had settled into the team. - A feeling that I've been in BATE for three or four months. I have already accustomed to everything. I was well received. It would be nice to make a debut in the Champions League on Wednesday. I'm 100 percent ready, the Montenegrin said happily.

14.07.2015

Belarus in pot 5 ahead of 2018 World Cup qualification draw The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has announced pots ahead of the World Cup 2018 qualification draw. They are based on the updated FIFA rankings. The Belarus national team, ranked 100th at the moment, will be drawn from the fifth pot.
Dinamo stadium in Minsk undergoing renovations
Minsk bids for hosting 2019 and 2020 European Athletics Championships Minsk has submitted bids for the hosting of the 2019 and 2020 European Athletics Championships. While it is easier with the indoor championship (since Minsk Arena can easily host it) nothing is guaranteed in the case of the summer tournament. The main difficulty is that Dinamo Stadium has been undergoing renovations for several years now. But it is the very arena that is to host the athletics competitions for which Minsk has submitted a bid.

13.07.2015

HC Dinamo Minsk preparing for 2015/16 KHL season (video)
HC Dinamo Minsk preparing for 2015/16 KHL season (video) The ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk have begun preparations for the new KHL season. The players and coaches have recently returned from vacation and gathered in the Belarus capital. Already in the middle of last week The Bison hit the ice for the first time in the new season. Preparatory work of the team is gaining momentum with each passing day. Dinamo Minsk says the club have a lot of ambitious tasks for the season. The team, who entered the playoffs last season, say they want to at least repeat this result.
Belarus remain in Division III of U18 Field Hockey European Championship
Belarus remain in Division III of U18 Field Hockey European Championship The U18 Field Hockey European Championship (division III) completed in Minsk. From an organizational point of view, the tournament was flawless, but the result cannot please fans. The Belarusian team failed to win it and get a promotion to the higher division. They lost to Ukraine in the final, only one step from being promoted. After the final whistle it was 3-3 and the match was sent into the shootout. Nervousness did not let Belarus overcome their opponents on the home ground.
Belarusian swimmer Evgeny Tsurkin clinches gold at summer Unversiade 2015 Belarusian swimmer Evgeny Tsurkin added to his collection of awards another gold. This time the medal came at the Summer Universiade 2015, which continues in Gwangju, South Korea. The athlete stormed to gold in the men's 50m freestyle. Tsurkin not only finished first, but also set a new record of Belarus in 22.22 seconds.

10.07.2015

Belarus get second victory at U18 Field Hockey European Championship Division III
Belarus get second victory at U18 Field Hockey European Championship Division III Belarus met Bulgaria in the second game of the U18 Field Hockey European Championships in Division III. The games are being held in Minsk. The first half of the Belarus v Bulgaria game was rich in goals, with each side scoring twice. The same happened in the second period and it seemed that the game would be nothing else but a draw. However, inside a couple of minutes, at the end of the tie, Belarus netted two more goals to win 6-4. In the first game Belarus downed Lithuania 4-2.
Shakhter Soligorsk into Europa League 2nd qualifying round
Shakhter Soligorsk into Europa League 2nd qualifying round FC Shakhter Soligorsk lived up to expectations of its fans and confidently overcame the barrier of the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.  In the return home match against Glenavon from Northern Ireland, The Miners could concede no more than one goal after a 2-1 win away. And the Soligorsk team accomplished this mission. Moreover, the goals of Alexander Yurevich, Nikolai Yanush and Dmitry Komarovsky made the UK guests surrender and complete the European season.

08.07.2015

Belarus pull off victory in opening match at U18 Field Hockey European Championships Minsk is hosting the Field Hockey European Championship (U18) in Division III. On the first day of the tournament the national team of Belarus won against Lithuania 4:2.  Opponents surprised Belarusians in the first half scoring twice. After the break, the hosts were able to take the initiative. Ivan Ignatenko pulled one back after 42 minutes. After four minutes, Stanislav Levkin equalized 2:2. Nikolay Voronich added a third after a free-kick. Pavel Korsik set the final score two minutes before the final whistle 4:2. 
Belarus President's Sports Club celebrates 10th anniversary The President's Sports Club in Belarus is a "forge" where Olympic champions and quality athletes are prepared. The Presidential Sports Club celebrates its 10th anniversary.  Over the years, the club brought up hundreds of novice athletes whose names later became known worldwide.  In the photo: “Winning together” motto
Azarenka falls to S.Williams in 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinal The leader of the Belarusian women's national tennis team Victoria Azarenka was defeated by top-ranked American Serena Williams in a three-set match (6:3, 2:6, 3:6) at Wimbledon's quarterfinal stage. The match lasted two hours and three minutes. This is Azarenka's seventeenth defeat by Williams Jr. in WTA tournaments, tenth in the Grand Slam series and third in 2015 (Madrid, Roland Garros and Wimbledon).

07.07.2015

Belarus biathlete Darya Domracheva diagnosed with mononucleosis, says nothing serious The biathlete Darya Domracheva announced on her page on a social network that she had been diagnosed with mononucleosis. Darya Domracheva (Instagram):Mononucleosis....I heard about it somewhere... Not the most pleasant diagnosis... Greetings from me and don't worry please.... The acute form of the illness is over... From recomendations of doctors: rest and walking on the nature.... :) I've got a chanse to enjoy a summer...

03.07.2015

Shakhter Soligorsk down Glenavon in Europa League 1st qualifying round first leg
Shakhter Soligorsk down Glenavon in Europa League 1st qualifying round first leg Two Belarusian football clubs started their European football season. Zhodino's Torpedo-BelAZ and Shakhter Soligorsk held the opening matches of the 1st qualifying round of the Europa League. Both Belarusian representatives played their games away. Igor Kriushenko's Torpedo Zhodino owned initiative and created some dangerous moments, but their accuracy was not enough. Their opponents from Albania, FK Kukësi, in turn, were better in finishing and scored two goals from distance for a 2:0 scoreline by the end of 90 minutes.

02.07.2015

Azarenka into Wimbledon 3rd round, Govortsova sets personal record The Belarusian tennis player Olga Govortsova advanced to the third round of Wimbledon beating France's Alize Cornet (25) 7:6 (8:6), 2:6, 6:1.  This result is the best in the Belarusian's career. Earlier she could not advance further than the second round at Wimbledon.  Her third-round opponent will be Slovakian Magdaléna Rybáriková.  The former world No.1 Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, thanks to the victory over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, also entered the third round of Wimbledon.
Belarus' player Yekaterina Snytina on 2015 FIBA EuroBasket
Belarus' player Yekaterina Snytina on 2015 FIBA EuroBasket Belarusian basketball player Ekaterina Snytina answers the questions of the program "Sports Week" on the CTV. Ekaterina, you have just returned from the European Basketball Championships. Are your tired? Ekaterina Snytina I had a feeling that I spent in Hungary and Romania three months rather than three weeks. So, yeah, I do not know what is happening, what day it is today. I was told that this is Monday, and I did not know. We have left ourselves there. What was the most dramatic moment for you?
Triathletes in Belarus
Triathlon in Belarus: Olympic aspirations Summer is the best time for swimming, boating, tennis and many other sports. However, not much is said about triathlon. To find out what triathlon is the CTV channel decided to go to Minskoye More Lake, the hub of this sport. People engaged in this sport are different: some accidentally fell in love with it and some wanted to take up more than just swimming or jogging.
Belarusian teams' rivals in 2015 UEFA Champions League, Europa League Dundalk The only indicator thanks to which Dundalk exceeds BATE is history. While pre-revolutionary Russia was only getting accustomed to football, British workers in Dundalk already had several teams to cheer for. And at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, there was a need to combine these disparate groups into one club. It got the name Dundalk.
Belarus to host 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships in August
Belarus to host 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships in August 3x3 basketball: What is it and why is it more interesting than classic basketball? In August, Belarus will host the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships. In this regard, interest in this sport is increasing more and more. The event will take place 21-23 August 2015 at the Sports Palace. There is a special basketball ground near the Sports Palace called Palova Arena (in English: Half Arena), which is now full of basketball enthusiasts. Anyone who loves basketball but cannot become a professional can just take a ball, call friends and play!

01.07.2015

HC Dinamo Minsk, photo:hcdinamo.by
Dinamo Minsk to open new KHL season August 25 HC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus, will begin the new season in the Kontinental Hockey League on August 25 with an away game against Spartak Moscow. On August 27, Ľubomír Pokovič's side will meet champions SKA in St. Petersburg. The first home encounter will take place on August 30 against Dinamo Riga. On September 2, the Belarusian club face Finnish Jokerit. It was the team to whom Dinamo lost in the last season's playoffs (1:4). 
Olga Govortsova, photo by www.peaksporteu.com
All three Belarusians make it into Wimbledon second round After Victoria Azarenka and Alexandra Sasnovich, Olga Govortsova, the third Belarusian tennis player, progressed to the second round of Wimbledon. In the first round the 26-year-old Olga Govortsova (WTA No122) coped with Romanian 24-year-old Andrea Mitu (71), 6:1, 6:1. The match lasted only 51 minutes. In the second round, Alize Cornet (No27, France) will be Govortsova's opponent.

30.06.2015

Belarus' goaltender Andrei Mezin with family
Belarus' goaltender Andrei Mezin: personal life While athletes engaged in summer sports are busy their “winter” colleagues are having rest and have enough time to talk to press. The CTV crew went to Andrei Mezin, goaltender coach of the Belarusian national ice hockey team, to find out about his career and family life. Yulia Silipitskaya has more. For years, he has been considered a heart-throb by many women in Belarus and abroad. However, Mezin is a father of two children and a caring husband!
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka into Wimbledon 2nd round
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka into Wimbledon 2nd round Over the next two weeks, all tennis fans will be watching events in the UK capital. The 129th edition of Wimbledon has started there. Victoria Azarenka needed exactly one hour to enter the second round of the women's singles. Estonian Anett Kontaveit was the first opponent of the Belarusian. She was able to take away from Azarenka only three games in two sets, losing 2:6, 1:6.  Belgian Kirsten Flipkens will be Azarenka's next opponent.

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.
Belarus fall to Spain, miss out on Eurobasket 2015 bronze Belarusian basketball players lost the match for the bronze medals of Eurobasket 2015 to Spain and took 4th place at the championships in Budapest. This is the second time the Belarusian has taken 4th place at Eurobasket. Last time Belarusians competed for bronze in Riga in 2009 and also lost against Spain in the third-place tie. The national team of Belarus took part in the European championship for the fifth time. At the European Championship in Italy in 2007 Anatoly Buyalsky's team took bronze. In Latvia in 2009 they finished fourth.

28.06.2015

Hail the heroes! Belarusian athletes back from European Games Another "medal-packed" Baku plane landed at National airport Minsk. A number of Belarusian athletes returned from the European Games with a bunch of medals. Excitement reigned in the waiting room and everyone impatiently wanted to congratulate their teammates or relatives. Fans:We cheered very much for all our gymnasts and especially for trampoline jumpers. Every time you experience some incredible feeling, sincerely rejoice when they win.
Belarusian swimmer Nikita Tsmyg scoops men's 200m backstroke silver at European Games Belarus is still in the top five at the European Games in Baku. On June 26, Nikita Tsmyg won another medal. Silver came after he stormed to second place in the 200m backstroke.  The closing ceremony of the first European Games will be held on Sunday June 28.  

25.06.2015

Belarus into Women's EuroBasket 2015 semis
Belarus into Women's EuroBasket 2015 semis The women's basketball team of Belarus in their trademark dramatic style won a ticket to the semifinals of the European Championship. Coach Anatoly Buyalsky's charges were 39:20 ahead in the middle of the second quarter. But Lithuanians replied with some good attacks, which eventually led to them trailing by only five points. Some 1.5 seconds before the end of the match Ekaterina Snytina made a bad mistake and the ball went out. Fortunately, Lithuanians were not able to score and the scoreboard read 68:66 in favor of Belarus.

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.  

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