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Sport in Belarus


Physical education and competitive sport have long been a priority for Belarus, as reflected in its world-class training facilities and international sporting achievements 

Sports facilities in Belarus

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 26,000 sports facilities in Belarus for general public that include:

  • 243 stadiums
  • 278 swimming pools
  • 5,140 gymnasiums
  • 722 swimming pools in kindergartens
  • 46 athletics centres
  • 27 ice rinks
  • 12,212 sports grounds

Most popular Belarus sports

Many sports are played in Belarus. Amongst the most popular are:

  • track and field athletics
  • football
  • gymnastics
  • skiing
  • hockey
  • tennis
  • fencing
  • wrestling
  • volleyball
  • handball
  • swimming
  • chess and checkers

Raubichi Centre

The National Winter Olympic Training Center Raubichi is considered one of the best biathlon centers in the world.

Raubichi facilities include:

  • 6.2km roller ski track
  • 20.5km ski tracks
  • shooting grounds
  • indoor skating rink with locker rooms, a sauna, a gym, a cafe, equipment rentals
  • gyms
  • 150m ski track
  • freestyle skiing slope
  • synthetic tennis courts
  • outdoor playground
  • equipment rentals

Apart from sports facilities, the National Winter Olympic Training Center Raubichi has two 4-star hotels, restaurants, cafes, conference rooms.

Professional sports in Belarus

Belarus has extensive training facilities for professional sportsmen and women.

These include:

  • Belarusian State University of Physical Education
  • 11 Olympic-standard colleges
  • 165 Olympic-standard specialised schools
  • Over 250 youth sports schools

Belarus has already produced 280 world and European champions in a wide range of sporting disciplines.

Belarus and the Olympics

The country has an excellent record at the Olympic Games. 69 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 and the Paralympics

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.

International Competitions Calendar 2012/2016 Belarus 

2012 -  ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Minsk, 27 February - 4 March                   more info…

2012 - Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Final
Minsk, 13-15 July

2013 - UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Minsk, 20-24 February                              more info…

2013 - European Rowing Junior Championships
Zaslavl (Minsk Oblast), 25-26 May

2013 - European Boxing Championships
Minsk, 30 May - 9 June                             more info...

2014 - IIHF World Championship
Minsk, 9-25 May                                       more info…

2014 - World University Canoe Sprint Championship
Zaslavl (Minsk Oblast), August 2014        more info…

2015 - AMF Futsal Men’s World Cup
Minsk, Brest, April 2015                          more info...     

2016 - World Canoeing Junior Championships
Zaslavl (Minsk Oblast)                               more info…

2016 - UEFA European Women’s U17

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