Physical education and competitive sport have long been a priority for Belarus, as reflected in its world-class training facilities and international sporting achievements
The government policy is to make sports accessible to all in Belarus, and this means that the country has excellent sporting facilities in pre-schools, schools and higher education facilities.
There are 23,000 sports facilities in Belarus for general public that include:
Many sports are played in Belarus. Amongst the most popular are:
The National Winter Olympic Training Center Raubichi is considered one of the best biathlon centers in the world.
Raubichi facilities include:
Apart from sports facilities, the National Winter Olympic Training Center Raubichi has two 4-star hotels, restaurants, cafes, conference rooms.
Belarus has extensive training facilities for professional sportsmen and women.
Belarus has already produced 280 world and European champions in a wide range of sporting disciplines.
The country has an excellent record at the Olympic Games. 75 Belarusians have so far claimed Olympic champion titles.
Belarusians first took part in the Olympics in the 1952 Helsinki games, as part of a combined USSR team.
The country has an excellent record at the Olympic games. The first independent Belarus Olympic team took part in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer and won two silver medals.
In the Beijing 2008 games, Belarus won 19 medals, including 4 gold and 5 silver. The team was most successful in athletics, canoeing and weightlifting, and finished 16th in the medals table overall.
Belarus also joined the list of champions at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games with a gold in freestyle, silver and bronze in biathlon.
At the London 2012 Summer Olympics Belarusian athletes won a total of 12 medals including 2 golds and 5 silvers. Belarus ranked 26rd in the Olympic medal count.
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Belarusian athletes won six medals (5 gold and 1 bronze), providing a record of Belarus in the history of sovereign – 8th place in the medals table overall.
There are 3 Olympic training centres in Belarus, in Stayki, Raubichi and Ratomka.
Many famous Olympians have come from Belarus.
Belarus also fields a strong Paralympics team. At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Belarus won a total of 13 medals including 5 golds. At the 10th Winter Paralympics in Canada in 2010 Belarusian athletes took 9 medals (2 golds, 7 bronzes) landing 9th in the overall medal standings, repeating their success in Turin in 2006 (1 gold, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes).
With ten medals (five golds, two silvers and three bronzes) Belarus finished 25th in the medal table of the 14th Summer Paralympics. Out of 10 medals six were brought to Belarus by swimmer Igor Boki in S13 and SM13 classifications.
At the Winter Paralympic Games 2014 in Sochi Belarusian team with 3 bronze medals placed 18th in the overall medal table. Belarus’ Vasily Shapteboi and Jadwiga Skorobogataya won bronze medals in biathlon and cross-country skiing.
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