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28 Dec 2016

Best Belarusian athletes, coaches honored with state awards

MINSK, 28 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented state awards to the best athletes and coaches for their achievers in the past five years at the ceremony in the Palace of Independence on 28 December, BelTA informs.

“The fact that Belarus presents itself as a sports country can be proved that this awarding ceremony is attended by a big group of athletes, coaches, and specialists. This is the acknowledgement of their contribution to the development of physical fitness and sport, achievements at the recent Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked.

Twenty-seven people received orders, medals, and honorary titles in recognition of their achievements at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a big personal contribution to the development of physical fitness and sport.

Paralympic champions Andrei Pranevich, Vladimir Izotov, and Igor Boki, Olympic champion Vladislav Goncharov, and a number of coachers were honored with the Orders of Fatherland 3rd Class. The Orders of Honor were conferred on Olympic bronze medalists Alexandra Gerasimenya, Marina Litvinchuk, Nadezhda Lepeshko, and Olga Khudenko, Olympic silver medalists Darya Naumova and Maria Mamoshuk.

Coach and doctor of the Belarusian shooting team Valery Belan and chief coach of the Belarusian Paralympic sport team Maria Grigoryan were decorated with the Medals for Excellent Labor.

A number of athletes, coaches, and specialists received the Honored Master of Sport of Belarus title and the Honored Coach of Belarus title.

Leonid Geishtor and Sergei Makarenko were honored with the Orders of the National Olympic Committee in recognition of their significant achievements in the promotion of the ideals and principles of the Olympic movement. “We especially honor our first Olympic champions who won gold medals in rowing at the 1960 Olympic Games in Italy. I hope that your diligence, perseverance, and courage will be an example for young athletes,” the President said.

The ceremony was attended by more than 50 workers of various fields. They were honored with orders, medals, and honorary titles in recognition of significant achievements in manufacturing, agriculture, construction, healthcare, sport, art and culture.

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