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29.05.2017

How will ice hockey be developing in Belarus?
How will ice hockey be developing in Belarus? Representatives of the American company Uber (this is a very well-known large company) came to Belarus this week. They praised Belarusian IT sector and said they intend to launch in Belarus cars of the future (without drivers).  There are many clever heads in Belarus. However, what about sport and ice hockey in particular? Wings, legs, tails... Yes, all this is important. Both programmers and hockey players should both bring victories - that was the leitmotif of the meeting hosted by President Lukashenko on development of ice hockey in Belarus.

26.05.2017

Experts on reforming Belarusian ice hockey
How can Belarusian ice hockey be reformed after IIHF WM 2017 failure? Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the development of ice hockey in Belarus on May 25. He said this is a truly national sport for Belarus, but players sometimes don't put up a fight and lack morale. A number of topical issues were raised at the meeting. Changes are on the way in this sport. Many of them are associated with the appointment of new chairman of the national ice hockey federation, Semyon Shapiro.
Belarus President bashes national ice hockey team
Belarus President bashes national ice hockey team Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on the development of ice hockey in Belarus. He said this is a truly national sport for Belarus, but players sometimes don't put up a fight and lack morale. A number of topical issues were raised at the meeting. Changes are on the way in this sport. Many of them are associated with the appointment of new chairman of the national ice hockey federation.

22.05.2017

Alexander Lukashenko meets with head of Presidential Administration
Alexander Lukashenko meets with head of Presidential Administration Prior to the optimization of the state apparatus, there must be no increase in salaries. Alexander Lukashenko said this on May 22 meeting with the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova. Today, the Administration faces many tasks. The main ones are the improvement of the business climate. Steps in this area are significant: the legislative base is being improved, the number of inspections is reduced, and the procedure for registering business is being simplified.
Belarus to further liberalize doing business conditions
Belarus to further liberalize doing business conditions Alexander Lukashenko received today the head of the Presidential Administration, Natalia Kochanova. Among the matters discussed were optimization, de-bureaucratization and emancipation of business initiative. Such tasks were set by the head of state.

13.05.2017

Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks before new personnel
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks before new personnel President Lukashenko made personnel decisions on May 12, 2017. New directors were named in district executive committees, in the education system. The Gomel region inspector was appointed the Assistant to President. Alexander Lukashenko orientated the new personnel at social issues primarily. Prices, employment, and salaries are the priorities which must stay at the center of attention of local authorities.

11.05.2017

47th meeting of EOC General Assembly to be held in Minsk in 2018
47th meeting of EOC General Assembly to be held in Minsk in 2018 An organizing committee has been set up in Belarus to prepare for the meeting of the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. It was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Zharko. The 47th meeting will take place in Minsk in 2018. It was in Belarus during the previous meeting of the organization's participants that a decision was taken to hold the second European Games in Minsk in 2019.

08.05.2017

About 1,200 caravanners from 16 countries gather in Minsk
About 1,200 caravanners from 16 countries gather in Minsk Belarusian business will pay attention to the development of caravanning infrastructure. This kind of tourism in mobile homes is popular in the US and Europe, and is now experiencing a real boom. In Germany, caravanners’ sites outnumbered hotels in terms of occupancy rate. Belarus already has 40 parking places for campers. Comfortable rest on wheels requires minimal investments, and Belarus' transit potential promises solid dividends. The international meeting of caravanners held in Minsk confirms this. It gathered about 1,200 campers from 16 countries.

02.05.2017

Children’s Railway opens for new season in Minsk
Children’s Railway opens for new season in Minsk Back on track! Children’s Railway in Minsk opened for its new 62nd season. It traditionally began with an assembly of young railway personnel. A train master and conductors, a train operator, a station operator and a train dispatcher- everything is for real here, even the uniform. In order to get some practice, school students attend classes where the basics of the profession are learned.

01.05.2017

International caravanner meeting underway at former Minsk-1 airport
International caravanner meeting underway at former Minsk-1 airport The international caravanner meeting is underway at the former Minsk-1 airport. Participants settle in small vehicle houses with their children and whole families. Tourists from 15 countries arrived in Minsk. These days Belarus is hosting an international meeting of caravanners. These are such automobile travelers, who travel around the world in special trailers.

22.04.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Sports federations to be fully reformed in nearest time
Alexander Lukashenko: Sports federations to be fully reformed in nearest time Another point which was paid attention to is Belarus’ sport strides. Professional sport is limping. Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus: The highest ideology of today is sport. Thousand, millions follow Belarusian sportsmen. I follow them and you do too. If Belarusian sportsman is performing, Belarus watches him, shouts for him, and is distressed for him. Millions of people as a nation are united and they watch this sportsman.

19.04.2017

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

31.03.2017

Weightlifter Daria Naumova: I'm proud to be part of Dynamo club
Weightlifter Daria Naumova: I'm proud to be part of Dynamo sports club 155 delegates representing all regions of Belarus took part in the 23rd special conference of the Belarusian Sports Society Dynamo. The main topic of the meeting was to summarize the results of 2016. Dynamo society has many things it can be proud of. Alexander Bogdanovich, rowing and canoeing Olympic champion:For me it is a great honor. I'm glad that I am part of Dynamo society and now am a member of the commission.

16.03.2017

Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty
Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty Have you ever wanted to embrace the unembraceable and look at Belarus from the clouds standing safely on the ground? The idea of creating a museum came to the author of the Miniature Belarus project Evgeny Danilik spontaneously, and his favorite city Minsk served as a source of inspiration.

13.03.2017

HC Griffony of Nikolai Lukashenko win Golden Puck ice hockey tournament
HC Griffony of Nikolai Lukashenko win Golden Puck ice hockey tournament Minsk's HC Griffony have defended the champion's title of the republican competition Golden Puck in the younger age group (born in 2004-2005) in division A. In the final match, which was held on March 12 at Chizhovka Arena, the team of the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk beat HC Medved of the Moskovsky district of Minsk 6:2. Nikolai Lukashenko, son of the Belarus President, scored a hat-trick. Third place was taken by HC Gomel, who won against Mirazh from the town of Gorki 12:7.

07.03.2017

Facts about tennis player Aryna Sabalenka
Facts about tennis player Aryna Sabalenka 18-year-old tennis player Aryna Sabalenka is a hot prospect of Belarus national team. Here are some interesting facts about her life. Photo: sabalenka_aryna Father brought her into sport
Olga Govortsova: tennis player, model, designer
Olga Govortsova: tennis player, model, designer 28-year-old Olga Govortsova is one of the most famous tennis players in Belarus. Here are some interesting facts about her life. Photo: olgunchik5555 She has two homes  

06.03.2017

Small farmsteads in Belarus: why do they attract tourists?
Small farmsteads in Belarus: why do they attract tourists? The Minsk region retains its first place in farm tourism. The farmers of the farmsteads have an opportunity to not only show their hospitality, but also run a business in the village thanks to this. One of the largest farmers of the Minsk region has already decided to make his yard a place for tourists from the former Soviet republics and other countries. 17 years of work on several acres of farm fields have produced their effect.

01.03.2017

How many English-language tours are on offer in Minsk?
Travel companies in Minsk developing English-language tours for travellers Where can English-speaking tourists go in Belarus? The TV program Big City asked Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk. Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk:Agencies in the capital have joined very actively and are now developing new programs of excursions, including in English. There are companies that have developed a schedule of excursions for English-speaking groups until the end of the week.

28.02.2017

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

27.02.2017

Minskaya Lyzhnya 2017 ski competition held in Belarus capital
Minsk residents close ski season 2017 An entertaining ski race took place in the Belarusian capital on February 25. At the end of winter, the Minsk Ski Track competition gathered ski lovers and just those who adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Our correspondent Ekaterina Zhilyanina has the story. Nikolai Zakharchenko is considered a veteran of the ski track.

24.02.2017

Vadim Devyatovskiy runs bare-chested in Race of Real Men in Minsk
Vadim Devyatovskiy runs bare-chested in Race of Real Men in Minsk On February 23, which is Fatherland Defenders Day and Men's Day in Belarus, men in Belarus' Minsk once again proved their courage and recklessness. Ignoring the February cold and rain about 700 men in Minsk took part in the Race for Real Men. In the event organized by the Belarusian Athletics Federation, men ran through the center of the Belarus capital near the Palace of Sports bare-chested. The head of the Federation, former athlete Vadim Devyatovskiy has not stood aside.

23.02.2017

Number of ice palaces in Belarus increases by 8 times over last 20 years
Number of ice palaces in Belarus increases by 8 times over last 20 years In Belarus, there are dozens of multifunctional complexes, also called ice palaces. They attract people of all ages from kids to adults, and sometimes become the center of the development of new young talents of the country. 10-year-old Gleb Suboch is the hope of his club. He is the best goaltender among members of the ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk. He was born in Minsk, in the city where the World Hockey Championship 2014 was successfully held and its ice arenas are among the best ones on the continent.

20.02.2017

Children's biathlon competition Snow Sniper gathers about 170 athletes in Raubichi
Children's biathlon competition Snow Sniper gathers about 170 athletes near Minsk The Snow Sniper biathlon competition for kids was held in the sports complex Raubichi near Minsk on February 18-19. The children struck by the accuracy of shots, speed and beautiful skiing on the track. These are those guys who certainly dream of reaching the same heights as Domracheva and Skardino did. Maybe Snow Sniper, under the auspices of the President's Sports Club, will help grow new stars? Our correspondent Ilona Volynets has the story. This is the 10th "Snow Sniper" competition, which main aim is search for new sports talents.
Belarusian sports cars may take part in Dakar Rally 2018
Belarusian sports cars may take part in Dakar Rally 2018 Sports cars MAZ may participate in Dakar 2018. The vehicles completely meet the next year’s more stringent requirements of the organizers. According to the new conditions, the teams are required to register vehicles equipped with no more than 13-liter engines. New generation MAZ sports cars meet this requirement.

17.02.2017

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

10.02.2017

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

01.02.2017

Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases Foreigners arriving on visa-free regime at Minsk National Airport will be checked through a special database of Belarus and Russia. National Airport Minsk was chosen as a visa-free gateway to Belarus for a reason. Here border services use a special security system, as well as border and customs control is especially tight.

29.01.2017

Belarus is country of pleasant surprise, deputy sport and tourism minister says
Belarus is country of pleasant surprise, deputy sport and tourism minister says The French want to surprise tourists with croissants and Belarus with pancakes and the national dish called mochanka! What else? This week, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus has opened their portal belarus.travel, which is expected to lure curious foreigners. The search for paparats-kvetka, unique forests, the lungs of Europe - swamps, bison and all other things are there, with a touch of conspiracy and slight mystery. "The country of pleasant surprise" - this is how organizers of inbound tourism portray Belarus.

08.01.2017

European Games in Minsk will be very successful, Pierce O'Callaghan says
European Games in Minsk will be very successful, Pierce O'Callaghan says Sports facilities in Minsk are ready to host the European Olympic Games 2019, sports director of the European Olympic Committees Pierce Callaghan told CTV correspondent Yana Shipko. Mr. O'Callaghan, nice to meet you. It is very nice to see you on the ice. This is the first time you have appeared on this side of the ice hockey rink. isn't it?
Pierce O'Callaghan: Minsk ready to host European Olympic Games 2019
Pierce O'Callaghan: Minsk ready to host European Olympic Games 2019 Sports facilities in Minsk are ready to host thet European Olympic Games 2019, said sporting director of the European Olympic Committees Pierce O'Callaghan visiting Chizhovka Arena. During the inspection visit, he assessed the ability of all sports facilities of Minsk.

05.01.2017

Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say
Belarus is a strong hockey nation, Christmas tournament players say The Christmas Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the prize of the Belarus President continues in Minsk. Belarus won their second match today. This time against the Balkan team - 14:7. President Lukashenko also played in the match and scored four times. He is thus the leader of the tournament’s player ranking, with eight points (five goals and three assists). Belarus in total won nine gold medals and three silvers at Christmas tournaments. Martin Milanov and Vadim Bekbulatov were named the best players of today's match.

29.12.2016

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Belarus
Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Belarus People with disabilities in Belarus will more rights. On December 29, the Republican Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in Belarus. The document has both a national and a global status. In September 2015, Alexander Lukashenko signed this international document in New York. Thus, Belarus joined the global program to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The national plan underwent a public discussion and now has a clear mandate.

15.12.2016

Young athletes in Belarus get annual scholarship of $3,500
Young Belarusian athletes get annual scholarship of $3,500 On December 14, the Belarus National Olympic Committee awarded scholarship certificates of the President's Sports Club. 210 young talents - the athletes and coaches who have already proved themselves in the sport of high achievements - will receive financial incentives in 2017. Among scholars are promising athletes such as: biathlete Darya Blashko, tennis player Vera Lapko and skater Ignat Golovatyuk.
Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016
Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016 Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreigners by the end of 2016.  The only condition is that you need to arrive in Belarus through the main air harbor - National Airport Minsk (also known as Minsk-2). This issue is now at the stage of approval in the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. The agency has cited positive experience of the introduction of such a regime with certain countries. 

14.12.2016

Belarus President awards Rio medalists
Belarus President awards Rio Olympics medalists On the eve of New Year holidays, Belarusian athletes have received deserved honors. They will be awarded state awards in a ceremony for successful performance at the European Games in Baku, the Rio Olympics and the Paralympic Games. Among other awardees will be those who have made a significant contribution to the development of physical culture and sport. The corresponding decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko.

09.12.2016

Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services
Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services The Vitebsk and Grodno regions are in the lead in terms of the growth of tourism services, according to Belarus' Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Guests from China, Turkey, Israel and India have started to come to Belarus more often. During the first 9 months of 2016, the growth rate of exports of travel services to Ukraine and Russia exceeded the 2015 figures. There are more foreign tourists who exercise their right to visa-free travel in the Bialowieza Forest and the Augustow Canal.

16.11.2016

Minsk named among 20 most sporting cities in the world
Minsk named among 20 most sporting cities in the world Minsk for the first time entered the top 20 of the most sporting cities in the world, demonstrating the rapid growth in the prestigious ranking. The Belarusian capital rose from 51st to 19th position almost immediately after it became known that our country will host the 2nd European Olympic Games.  The ranking also takes into account other experience in major international competitions, such as the 2014 World Hockey Championship.

02.11.2016

Mogilev, Novopolotsk and Lida named Culture Cities of Belarus in 2016
Mogilev, Novopolotsk and Lida named Culture Cities of Belarus in 2016 The most 'cultural' cities in Belarus have been named. Mogilev, Novopolotsk and Lida have become winners of the competition "City of Culture in the Year of Culture." It was announced with a view to identify those who have made the greatest contribution to the development of this sector, as well as tourism. The jury assessed the self-sufficiency of projects, with the number of events and their visitors, including from abroad, also taken into account.

25.10.2016

Legendary athlete Sergey Bubka about Belarusian sport
Legendary athlete Sergey Bubka about Belarusian sport Sergey Bubka was a first pole vaulter in the world to clear 6 meters. He set a record that nobody has beaten yet. The head of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine has answered questions of the program Week on the CTV Channel. Is it true that sooner or later any pupil will be able to clear 6.10, 6.14, 6.20 in pole vaulting? Sergey Bubka: I’m very optimistic about it. I have never set limits for myself. I think that is why I was able to set 35 world records.

21.10.2016

45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees to open in Minsk October 21
45th General Assembly of European Olympic Committees to open in Minsk October 21 On October 21 Minsk will host the official opening of the 45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees. This meeting will bring together the elite - functionaries from 50 countries, who have already taken part in a closed meeting of the executive committee of the organization.

06.10.2016

700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance
700 residential buildings in Minsk equipped with video surveillance Let's imagine: you go to work and your purse is suddenly snatched. A suspicious man comes into your house and takes something valuable. Or you suddenly notice scratches on your car door in the courtyard. These situations are not pleasant at all, especially if the suspect is never found. Luckily, today, fewer and fewer such situations happen in Minsk, thanks to the fact that almost 700 residential buildings are equipped with video surveillance.

28.09.2016

Mikhail Portnoi about Belarusian service
Tourists in Belarus must be the dearest guests, tourism minister says Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoi has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. It might be a bit personal question, because I want your personal opinion on that. We all travel to different countries and we compare the service and the places where we can get delicious food. In my opinion, Belarusian service legs behind a bit. Can we change it somehow? What would change people’s attitude? Would it be time or experience? Or maybe, you do not agree with me at all?
Event tourism to develop in Belarus in 2017
Event tourism to develop in Belarus in 2017 Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoi has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
Five-day visa-free stay in Belarus: Will we have it in 2016?
Five-day visa-free stay in Belarus: Will we have it in 2016? Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoi has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. There was an introduction when tourists can stay in Belarus for five days without paying any visa fee. Did it have some positive results?
Campsite area in Minsk region to increase in 2017
Campsite area in Minsk region to increase in 2017 Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoi has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.

31.08.2016

Belarus' performance at 2016 Olympics worthy, Belarusian sports officials say
Belarus' performance at 2016 Olympics worthy, Belarusian sports officials say Every third Belarusian athlete has entered in the top eight at the Olympic Games in Rio. According to the chief of the Belarusian mission to the Rio Olympics Alexander Gagiev, this is a good result. He stated this at a press conference dedicated to the results of Belarusians' performances in Brazil.

26.08.2016

Kirill Slabko
Global sporting events help Belarus improve public services, Trade Ministry says Minsk is preparing to welcome the participants and guests of the final round of 2018 Olympic ice hockey qualification as well as the world tour Belarus Open 2016 (table tennis). The Trade Ministry, which is going to be renamed Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation soon, has monitored more than 20 eateries and sales points in conjunction with the events and gave valuable advice to improve the quality of services provided. Most of those who were given recommendations have already reported on the elimination of violations.
Star Victoria Azarenka holding training camp in Minsk
Star Victoria Azarenka holding training camp in Minsk A two-day tennis training camp kicked off in Minsk August 25. It was attended by 40 children from across Belarus. The main person at the camp is of course Belarusian star player Victoria Azarenka. The Olympic champion shared with children some secret skills. These guys will be able to use the knowledge on August 26 at a mini-tournament. Also, young players are going to have an informal chat with Victoria. The participants of the training camp:She explains to us every ball, what is wrong and suggests improvements.

24.08.2016

Belarus allows visiting Augustow Canal without visas
Belarus allows visiting Augustow Canal without visas You can now visit Augustow Canal without a visa. The decree, which was signed on August 23, 2016 by the head of state, allows foreigners to visit the recreational park without entry documents.  The temporary stay of foreign citizens on the territory of Belarus in this case will be limited to five days.  It is expected that the visa-free visits to Augustow Canal will help increase the flow of tourists, create new jobs and attract investments.

23.08.2016

Belarusian shot put world champion calls to create legal stimulator for athletes
Belarusian shot put world champion calls to create legal stimulator for athletes The Olympic Games in Rio has completed. What will it be remembered for and what is happening in world and Belarusian sport? This was the topic of discussion on August 21 in the talk show What's Going On? on the TV channel RTR-Belarus.

18.08.2016

New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus The Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved new rules for the use of the so-called drones. Now they are not subject to state registration, but you can use them at an altitude of no more than 100 meters. This limitation is due to security concerns. Moreover, this applies to both amateurs and professionals.

12.08.2016

Business ladies of Belarus and Russia discuss joint projects
Business ladies of Belarus and Russia discuss joint projects Belarusian cuisine in Siberia or how to strengthen economic ties between Russia and Belarus. This issue was discussed at the round table by business women of the two countries. The discussion was attended by entrepreneurs, business leaders, representatives of NGOs and voluntary organizations. In the center of attention was the business environment, capabilities of the Union State of the market and the establishment of joint projects.

05.08.2016

Belarus may liberalize agricultural farmsteads legislation
Belarus may liberalize agricultural farmsteads legislation Vitebsk region is often called "paradise for tourists." The Braslav area is rightfully called the pearl of tourism in Belarus. It is in this area where a record number of farmsteads are located. Not surprisingly, during the President's working trip to that region, there was a lot of talk about the development of rural tourism. Alexander Lukashenko visited one of the tourist enterprises of the northern region. A serious investment project started as a small family business, but today on the shores of Lake Snudy is a full-fledged tourist complex.

12.07.2016

Minsk, Guangdong Province ink sports cooperation memorandum
Minsk, Guangdong Province ink sports cooperation memorandum Exchange of coaches and athletes, joint events, and the development of tourism: new opportunities for athletes of the Minsk region are open after the signing of a sporting agreement with a China province.  The regional administration of Minsk Oblast signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Chinese province of Guangdong. This is a long-standing friend and partner of the central Belarusian region.

21.06.2016

Minsk half marathon 2016 due on September 4
Minsk half marathon 2016 due on September 4 Belarus' Minister of Sport Alexander Shamko has become the first registered member of the Minsk Half Marathon 2016. He plans to run 5km, media report. According to the chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation Vadim Devyatovskiy, Minsk Half Marathon will take place on September 4, beginning at 11.00. Everyone will be able to register for marathons at a distance of 5km, 10km and 21km. Organizers expect 20 thousand running enthusiasts.
Belarus joins International Yoga Day
Belarus joins International Yoga Day Sanskrit lessons, mehendi and complex asanas. International Yoga Day is being celebrated in the world on June 21.  Belarus has joined the day for the second time in its history. This day brings together fans of a healthy lifestyle throughout the world. Yoga is known for gaining physical activity, ability to improve people's immunity and plasticity. Meanwhile, this is a philosophy and sport. Yoga is growing in popularity in Belarus, with events and master classes held in city parks regularly, not only during holidays.

15.06.2016

Minsk subway voted the best transport company in Belarus
Minsk Subway voted the best transport company in Belarus Minsk region - along with the Vitebsk and Grodno regions - is now the National Board of Honor. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President. These regions have achieved the best results of socio-economic development over the previous five years (2011-2015).  Also, among the winners are the Nesvizh, Mozyr and Tolochin districts of the country. The best transport organization of Belarus is Minsk Subway. In the field of education the award went to Minsk secondary school number 73. 

02.06.2016

Belarus preparing visa simplification decree
Belarus preparing visa simplification decree Belarus may introduce simplified visa regime for foreign citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is agreeing the text of the relevant presidential decree in cooperation with other state administration bodies. Currently the authorities are working on the part of the document that will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of the visa regime relaxation.    

22.05.2016

What are the pros of Belarus' transport system?
What are the pros of Belarus' transport system? This week, the first train from distant China with construction materials for the industrial park "Great Stone" arrived in Minsk region. Another related news: a river tourist route opens between Grodno and Lithuanian Druskininkai from early summer 2016. So water transport is not forgotten either, though Belarus is a land-locked country. But the leader is motor transport: cargo transportation has occupied first place in the export of services since the beginning of 2016. And then there is also subway and horse-drawn carriages - which are still a traditional means of transport in the

02.05.2016

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

26.04.2016

Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk
Motorcycle season 2016 opens in Minsk On April 23, bikers from Belarus, Russia, the Baltic countries, and from Western Europe gathered to open motorcycle season 2016. A grand parade from the Mound of Glory to the Sports Palace opened the season in Minsk. A concert program was organized near the palace. Bikers:I discovered Belarus two years ago and come here every season. It’s awesome! I’ve brought bikers from Finland to Minsk for the first time. They are stunned!

21.04.2016

Belarus' President addresses nation: top social-economic issues raised
Belarus' President addresses nation: top social-economic issues raised President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 delivered the State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the Belarus Parliament. The CTV offers you the main points relating to social and economic development of Belarus voiced by the President. Belarus aims at Doing Business top 30

13.04.2016

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

10.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko and Sebastian Coe
Alexander Lukashenko: There's too much politics in sport these days There should not be so much politics in sport as today, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko meeting with the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe. The Belarusian leader is categorically against any private issues in sport, including doping.

03.04.2016

Race in support of children with autism in Minsk
Race in support of children with autism in Minsk Buildings in Minsk in the evening of April 2 turned blue. The new lighting is a sign of support for people with autism. The Belarusian capital will for the first time join the global movement. On the same day, there was held a race in support of special children.  The initiative was supported by professionals and amateurs.

01.04.2016

What rewards will Belarus' athletes receive for 2016 Olympic medals?
What rewards will Belarus' athletes receive for 2016 Olympic medals? First Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Maxim Ryzhenkov told the TV channel ONT about the amount of remuneration of Belarusian athletes who will win medals at the 2016 Olympics. "The amount should be the motivator, if there are no other motivators to good results. I believe that $150,000 for gold, $75,000 for silver and $50,000 for bronze is a sufficient motivator for an athlete."

31.03.2016

25th anniversary, NOC
The 25th anniversary of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus Leonid Khromenkov used to begin his working day by walking up the steps of the Palace of Chess and Droughts. It was at 10 Karl Marx Street where the National Olympic Committee of Belarus was located. Leonid Khromenkov, an honorary member of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus: I have counted 84 steps. These walls saw the formation of the National Olympic Committee as an already independent and a well-established organization.

29.03.2016

Minsk tourism posters to appear in Riga, Tallin, Belgrade
Minsk tourism posters to appear in Riga, Tallin, Belgrade Social advertising invites to the capital of Belarus. Posters of key tourist destinations were presented in Minsk. 10 such billboards have already appeared in St. Petersburg. They will soon appear in Minsk's other twin cities. Such as Riga, Tbilisi and Belgrade. The Minsk City Executive Committee has launched a project for the exchange of social outdoor advertising with the assistance of mayors and administrations of other cities. It is planned that posters promoting tourism in other cities will also appear in Minsk.

23.03.2016

Belarus National Olympic Committee marks 25th anniversary
Belarus National Olympic Committee marks 25th anniversary The National Olympic Committee on March 22 marks 25th anniversary. During this time Belarusian athletes as part of the independent team participated in 11 Olympics - six winter and five summer. They have won 91 medals. One of the most triumphant victories in the history of Belarusian sport was the finish of White Lightning Yulia Nesterenko at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. The runner won the "royal" distance of the women's 100m. 

22.03.2016

Rumas: UEFA appreciates Belarusian Football Federation activities in 2015
Rumas: UEFA appreciates Belarusian Football Federation activities in 2015 Activities of the association "Belarusian Football Federation" in 2015 was appreciated by UEFA, said Belarusian Football Federation (ABFF) chairman Sergei Rumas during an ABFF conference. The Belarusian Football Federation in 2015 won two prizes in line with the UEFA program "Hat-trick": for the best investment project related to the organization of the online broadcasts of matches of the national championship and for the best social project - Hope Cup.

17.03.2016

Belarus to offer tourists new kinds of holidays
Belarus to offer tourists new kinds of holidays Belarus will offer tourists new kinds of vacations. Among the priorities are medical services as well as agro-tourism sector. Gaining popularity is inbound tourism. According to statistics, in 2015, vacation at home was chosen by almost a million Belarusians. The number of weekend tours has doubled. It is possible that a simplified visa regime will apply to some tourists. Now such agreements are valid for visitors from China. They can remain in Belarus for three days without a visa.

14.03.2016

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

18.02.2016

Belarus President takes part in opening of Uruchcha sports palace
Belarus President takes part in opening of Uruchye sports palace The President of Belarus demands the return on funds invested in sport. Alexander Lukashenko said this on February 18 during the opening ceremony of the renovated sports complex Uruchcha. The modern sports palace has appeared on the basis of a small athletic arena. The site has become more universal. Now it can host handball, volleyball, basketball, mini-football, and even tennis training. The European Handball Federation hailed the complex too. And it also says that Minsk has more opportunities for hosting sports competitions of international level.
Alexander Lukashenko opens sports palace Uruchcha in Minsk
Alexander Lukashenko opens sports palace Uruchye in Minsk At the moment the President Alexander Lukashenko is taking part in the opening ceremony of the Palace of Sports Uruchcha and the international children's tournament in handball. The modern complex has appeared on the basis of a small athletics arena. Running tracks are now a thing of the past. Instead, athletes can use exercise bicycles. Seats are now located closer to the site, which again is in the spirit of the times. The stands are located at the perimeter of the playing area, thus forming a cup.

03.02.2016

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

03.01.2016

Alexander Lukashenko speaking in the UN
2015 in Belarus and the world: Year in review On the first of January 2015, with the beginning of the year, Lithuania switched to the euro, becoming the 19th state in the monetary zone. The EU enlargement was not a sign of health or strength: the economy of the united Europe for the whole year was being shaken by Greek fever. In January, the Syriza party of Premier Tsipras won the election and declared that Athens refused to pay back-breaking debts, which are subject to restructuring.

28.12.2015

Renovated sports complex in Uruchcha neighborhood to open in March 2016
Renovated sports complex in Uruchcha neighborhood to open in March 2016 Two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and spa will be available in the renovated sports complex in the Uruchcha neighborhood, which is going to reopen to welcome the first visitors in March 2016. Minsk residents and guests will be able to use the whole package of services: all kinds aqua procedures, fitness classes, aerobics, football and table tennis.

27.12.2015

Alexander Lukashenko attends Christmas athletics festival "300 talents for the Queen" in Minsk
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.

22.12.2015

'Belarus. Country for Life' promotional video
'Belarus. Country for Life' promotional video On December 21 in Minsk, the Ministry of Information presented the video "Belarus. Country for Life." A large team of professionals were working on the video, including young and talented actors with experience in movies and advertising. Cast: Pavel Shepyolkin, Olga Reptukh, Darya Soroko, Matvei Rubin, Galina Kukhalskaya and Alexander Brukhatsky. The video is, in fact, a mini-movie about Belarus. This clip will be broadcast by national and foreign TV channels.

24.11.2015

Belarus to overhaul ice hockey player preparation system
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.  MORE: 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk

23.11.2015

Coaches' training in Europe much better than in Belarus, director of Coaches' High School says
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.

22.11.2015

Minsk to host General Assembly of European Olympic Committees in 2016 Minsk will play host to the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees in 2016. Such a decision was adopted by a vote of 50 representatives from National Olympic Committees of Europe. The winner was determined in Prague on November 21.

19.11.2015

Belarus may introduce criminal liability for doping in sport
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
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.

15.11.2015

Sports and recreation centre with largest gym in Belarus opens
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.

10.10.2015

Belarus Today: from weak post-Soviet state to respectful nation in the center of Europe Belarus has in recent years created a number of unique facilities, not only the NPP and made a lot of achievements.   Belarusians remember the 1990s as a period of complete chaos and collapse. They did not even think about the construction of the social, cultural and sports facilities. People were just trying to survive. Belarus today is a nice and clean (this is the first thing foreigners say), but also a modern, well-maintained, safe and comfortable.

07.10.2015

160 sports developing in Belarus at present
160 sports developing in Belarus at present Deputy Minister of Sport and Tourism Alexander Gagiev answered the questions of the program "Sports Week" on the CTV. Alexander, good evening. Alexander Gagiev: Good evening. Did you watch BATE v Roma? Surprised? Alexander Gagiev: Of course, this was probably one of the main events of last week. We always expect such surprises from BATE. And, perhaps, they did what they were capable of. What events do you think were the most significant in 2015?

06.10.2015

Foreigners about sporting life in Belarus This coach needs no introduction. Living legend Nikolai Karpol has traveled the whole world. He is one of the greatest volleyball coaches of our time. Nikolai Karpol, head coach of VC Uralochka (Russia):When Chizhovka Arena was built, we got an opportunity to hold matches, to train. Lots of cars, jams, lots of building sites... All of this indicates an increase in welfare.

23.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' application for 2016 Rio Olympics
Alexander Lukashenko signs Belarus' application for 2016 Rio Olympics Darya Domracheva, Victoria Azarenka, and Anton Kushnir. It is not the entire list of names from the world of sport that are now associated with Belarus. Thanks to successful performances one can safely speak about the high prestige of Belarus in the global Olympic family. On September 22 the sports theme sounded at the Belarusian Olympic committee. Alexander Lukashenko visited the National Olympic Committee and signed application for participation of our team in the summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

22.09.2015

Alexander Lukashenko lays Olympic alley in Minsk
President Lukashenko lays Olympic alley in Minsk Belarusian sport contributes greatly to the promotion of national interests, said President Alexander Lukashenko while visiting the National Olympic Committee. Successes in sport (Belarus has a lot of them) promote our country in the international arena. The head of state also noted that Belarus is associated with the name biathlon star Darya Domracheva. Now our athletes are preparing for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Their performances will largely determine the image of the country.
President: Belarusian sport promotes national interests
President: Belarusian sport promotes national interests Belarusian sport contributes greatly to the promotion of national interests, said President Alexander Lukashenko while visiting the National Olympic Committee. Success in sport, (Belarus has a lot of them) promote our country in the international arena. Now Belarusian athletes are preparing for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This will be a serious test for each athlete and coach, and for Belarusian sport as a whole.