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27 Jan 2020

Belarus victorious at 2020 Women's EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship

Belarus victorious at 2020 Women's EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship

MINSK, 26 January (BelTA) – Belarus clinched gold at the 2020 Women’s EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship, defeating the Netherlands 4-3 in a shootout in Minsk on 26 January, BelTA has learned.

The Netherlands opened the score at the end of the first quarter. Belarus responded through Maryna Nikitsina 13 seconds before the final hooter. The player also scored the winner in the shootout.

Donja Zwinkels was named Player of the Championship. Barbora Cechakova was named Best Goalkeeper. Awards were also bestowed upon Adela Lehovcova of the Czech Republic and Maryna Nikitsina of Belarus. Noor de Baat of the Netherlands were named young players of the championship.

The victory is the first one for the Belarusian players who go third in the world rankings behind the Netherlands and Germany. The Belarusian women’s indoor hockey team is a two-time European medalist. The team won bronze medals in 2016 and 2018. Belarus placed third at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2018.

The 2020 Women's EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship took place at the Minsk Palace of Sports on 24-26 January. The tournament is the second biggest event after the FIH Indoor World Cup. The competition was a qualifying event for the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2021.

Lukashenko congratulates Belarus on 2020 Women's EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship title

MINSK, 27 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulated Belarus’ women’s national team on their victory at the 20th EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship which was held at the Palace of Sports on Minsk, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.

“Throughout the championship, where you faced world-class athletes, you displayed excellent sportsmanship, strong willpower, indomitable team spirit and aspiration for victory. May your success serve as an illustrious example for other Belarusian athletes,” reads the message of greetings.

The Belarusian president also expressed his gratitude to the coaching staff and all those who contributed to Belarus’ women’s national team lifting the European champion’s trophy.

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