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13 Apr 2018

Belarus’ governors told to put same focus on sports development as sowing campaign

MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) – The governors should pay the same attention to sports development in the regions as they do to the sowing campaign, Belarus President, President of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko noted at a meeting held on 13 April to discuss the development of winter sports, BelTA informs.

According to the head of state, the Belarusian governors must put the same effort into developing sports as they do into the sowing campaign. “This is their job. Just like the sowing campaign, just like sports to which we should be paying close attention,” Alexander Lukashenko pointed out.

The officials in charge in the government and the Belarus President Administration have been instructed to define the criteria for every region to develop summer and winter sports. “We will then assess the work of the governors,” the president said.

He blamed the heads of regions for not taking the initiative and neglecting sports. “Don’t you see that we should do this? This is our job. At the end of the day, this is about people’s health. I think this is my last conversation with the governors on this topic,” Alexander Lukashenko added.

Although there are ice arenas and ice rinks in many cities, they are not used to train young athletes, the head of state stressed. “Why these ice rinks are not used to set up ice hockey schools or teams that would play in the Belarusian championship? Provide the conditions for good ice hockey players. In two years, there will be thousands of them,” he added.

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