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22 Sep 2015

Belarus president expects athletes to perform adequately at next year’s Olympics

MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Belarusian athletes should perform at a level adequate to the invested resources. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement as he visited the National Olympic Committee of Belarus on 22 September, BelTA has learned.

The head of state said that during the latest world championships performance of Belarusian athletes was abysmal in rowing, track and field athletics and swimming. He said he had expected a lot of medals instead of the totally weak effort.

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that the forthcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be a serious test for every athlete and coach and for the entire sport industry.

“The sport industry now gets everything it needs. Every ruble we spend is hard-earned. This is why the Belarusian people have the right to expect adequate performance,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko.

The head of state noted he would like the athletes to win at least as many medals as they did during previous major sport events. “You can do it. Put your back into it. We will root for all of you. This is why go and get your medals!” said the Belarusian leader.

“Otherwise, what kind of competition do you call it if you lose before you fight?” Alexander Lukashenko went on saying.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that a number of events would be held at the presidential level to discuss sport industry problems.

“Your job is to do well during the Olympics. If you need anything, say it in advance. We have built a lot of sport facilities and they should be put to good use,” said the head of state.

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