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31 Jul 2016
Vasily Kiriyenko named Belarus’ Olympic flag bearer
The 2016 Summer Olympics will officially get underway with an opening ceremony at Rio’s Maracana Stadium on 5 August. The Belarusian national team will consist of 124 athletes who will compete for medals in 24 sports...
31 Jul 2016
Belarus Events Calendar: August 2016
Holidays, festivals, exhibitions...
30 Jul 2016
Belarusian art exhibition opens in China’s Chongqing
The plein air was organized in accordance with the plan of action of the Year of Culture which is running in Belarus, and in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Belarusian-Chinese diplomatic relations, and in accordance with the cooperation agreement between the Confederation of Art Unions of Belarus and Chongqing Art Museum...
29 Jul 2016
Belavia’s first aircraft in World of Tanks livery lands in Minsk National Airport
It is the first project of the kind for the Belarusian air carrier Belavia and the game development studio Wargaming. Demonstrating that the world famous game originates in Belarus is the main idea of the branded livery...
29 Jul 2016
Belarus’ wrestling team secure one more Rio 2016 berth
The Olympic quota place in the 57kg category went to the Belarusian team. “The wrestler to represent Belarus in Rio de Janeiro will be named at a later stage. The two major candidates are Asadulla Lachinov and Vladislav Andreyev,” said Roman Markovsky...
28 Jul 2016
Belarus’ National Library hosts photo exhibition about Legend Race 2015
The exposition includes works of Belarusian photographers featuring landmark moments of the biathlon Legend Race which was held for the first time in 2015, sports competitions involving legendary biathletes who were invited to Raubichi by three-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva...
27 Jul 2016
Plans to build multi-purpose center at Zdravnevo using funds from Union State budget
Relevant agreement was reached during talks with Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota on the sidelines of the 25th international arts festival Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk...
25 Jul 2016
Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk 2016
This year’s main themes were the Year of Culture, the 71st anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the 25th anniversary of the festival. Musicians, artists and journalists paraded through the streets of Vitebsk on the opening day of the festival...
25 Jul 2016
Belarus wins three medals at IAAF World U20 Championships
Belarus’ Elvira Herman won a 100m Hurdles gold medal (12.85 seconds). Decathlete Maxim Andraloit took silver with 8,046 points. Gleb Zhuk won a Discus Throw bronze with the result of 61 meters 70 centimeters...
24 Jul 2016
MAZ-SPORTauto crew land in sixth overall in 2016 Silk Way Rally
The crew of Sergei Vyazovich, Pavel Garanin and Andrei Zhigulin demonstrated the best result among the three MAZ trucks clocking 42h50m59s after fourteen extremely difficult stages of the rally and placing sixth overall, 3h27m41s behind the winner, Russian KAMAZ pilot Airat Mardeev...
22 Jul 2016
Belarus finishes 40th in 2016 Rio medal table
Belarus ended the Games with nine medals. Vladislav Goncharov claimed the Olympic champion title with gold in trampolining. Silver medals were brought to Belarus by weightlifters Darya Naumova and Vadim Streltsov, Maria Mamoshuk (wrestling), Ivan Tikhon (athletics)...
21 Jul 2016
Over 50 Belarusian authors partake in international literary contest Open Eurasia
“Open Eurasia is an international literary contest which is held by the Eurasian Creative Guild for the fifth time. Over 1,000 authors from 40 countries, including 50 authors from Belarus, have already taken part in the contest this year”. According to the organizers, the contest relies on the principle of openness and cooperation of all cultures on the basis of literature...
21 Jul 2016
Belovezhskaya Pushcha cross-border project to be continued
The Grodno Oblast Emergencies Department is planning to submit a project to restore the old fire tower in the center of Grodno for the next contest of projects under the international technical assistance program “Poland-Belarus-Ukraine”. Plans have been made to carry out the project together with colleagues from Bialystok where they want to repair the out-of-service fire tower...
21 Jul 2016
Teams from four countries to compete in Water Polo Federation Cup in Brest
The tournament will be held under the aegis of the European Swimming League (LEN). Belarus will host such a large-scale water polo competition for the first time. Men’s national teams of Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic will compete for the main prize of the Water Polo Federation Cup. The teams will play one another once over the course of the tournament...
20 Jul 2016
Belarus wins decathlon silver at IAAF World U20 Championships
Before the 1500m, which was the tenth event on the program, the Belarusian was leading with 7,389 points. Germany’s Niklas Kaul was just 27 points behind him. The German was able to finish second in the race (4:21.70 seconds) while Maksim Andralojt lost him more than 20 seconds (4:43.65)...
20 Jul 2016
China’s CITIC Group starts building hotel, business center in Minsk
The compound will be located within confines of Pobeditelei Avenue and Vesninka Alley not far from Minsk Arena. The land plot is over 140,000m2. It will be sufficient for erecting a 25-storey hotel, three office buildings, a bank headquarters, a conference hall, a restaurant, and a multilevel sport facility with tennis courts, a swimming pool, a gym, and a spa...
20 Jul 2016
Regional center of UN Office in Belarus to be set up in Brest
Chairman of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee Anatoly Lis put forward the idea to open a UN center in Brest. He noted that many projects are implemented in the region under the aegis of the United Nations. There are many cooperation proposals, and some of them are suggested by local communities...
19 Jul 2016
FC BATE Borisov into UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
The Belarusian club tied the second-leg game against the Finnish Seinajoki 2:2, and on aggregate advanced into the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. FC Borisov BATE won the first-leg match 2:0 and will play either Iceland’s FH or Dundalk from Ireland. They will play on 20 July. Their first encounter ended in a draw 1:1...
19 Jul 2016
Belarus to partake in travel trade shows in UK, Georgia, Poland before year-end 2016
“In early September, Belarus will present a national pavilion at an expo in Georgia. The pavilion will feature stands by all Belarusian ministries, including the Sports and Tourism Ministry, and a stand about the country’s tourism potential. Besides, Belarus will take part in World Travel Market London 2016"...
19 Jul 2016
Active and religious tourism gaining momentum in Belarus
Active tourism is growing mainly thanks to enthusiasts of cycling trails and kayaking. “Today, there are travel companies that specialize in water, biking, and hiking excursions and provide appropriate equipment. This tourism is being developed in the Augustow Canal, national parks, protected areas”...
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