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25 May 2017

Lukashenko: Good money in ice hockey for good results only

MINSK, 25 May (BelTA) – It is needed to pay good money in ice hockey for good results only, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the session held on 25 May to discuss the development of ice hockey in Belarus, BelTA informs.

“There will be no money without normal results,” the president stressed. “Your salaries will depend on your results. You are aware of my requirements. If you are ready to earn money yourselves without state subsidies pay as big salaries as you want. But if you take money from the budget be ready to work hard.”

Alexander Lukashenko stressed that there should be minimal advance payments before ice hockey matches, further payments will depend on results. “There should be normal salaries and additional payments for results. Give good prize money for results at domestic championships,” the head of state said.

The president reminded that Team Belarus finished 7th at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, although the results could be better. “What will happen in 2021?” he said. “Please think what present you will make for Belarusian people in 2021.”

Alexander Lukashenko remarked that some people still discuss certain achievements of Belarusian youth and junior teams. “Stop talking about it. Your positions in the top division are not very strong, it is unclear where you will be tomorrow,” the Belarusian leader said.

“We need results. The national team and HC Dinamo Minsk are in the center of attention,” the head of state stressed.

The president also reminded about the facts of unprofessional selection of coaches, the lack of ice hockey gear and ice in training centers. There are many systematic problems, small issues which have a negative impact on the training of the sports reserve. Alexander Lukashenko demanded to address the abovementioned issues.

He also deems it necessary to strengthen the national championship with an emphasis on Belarusian specialists.

The head of state also asked about the progress in the preparations for the new KHL season.

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