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22 May 2019

Domracheva: BelTA-NOC photo exhibition celebrates people who inspire though their achievements

Domracheva: BelTA-NOC photo exhibition celebrates people who inspire though their achievements

MINSK, 22 May (BelTA) – The joint photography exhibition of BelTA news agency and the National Olympic Committee of Belarus “Belarus Olympic History: Moments of Glory”, which opened today in Minsk, celebrates the people who inspire younger generation through their achievements to succeed in sport, four-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva told the media, BelTA has learned.

“Such a large-scale event is a good occasion for the athletes to meet. Many of us have not seen each other for a while. It also introduces the audience to our Olympic story, tells about our victories, popularizes sport. The exhibition shows a flurry of moments of glory in Belarusian Olympic history. All our achievements have their roots in the past, those individuals who inspired new generations for new achievements. Sport is relevant at all times and is an integral part of the lives of many people,” Darya Domracheva said. She added that even now, after retiring from biathlon, she keeps fit and tries her hand in other sports to learn something new.

Darya Domracheva also addressed the words of support to the Belarusian athletes ahead of the 2nd European Games and emphasized that for many of them the upcoming event in Minsk will be a responsible test before the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Chairman of the Belarusian Wrestling Federation, 1988 Olympic champion Kamandar Madzhidov noted the importance of sports exhibitions. “In the past fans knew their champions better. Today there is a lot of information but the winners of international competitions and Olympic Games are not always recognized on the streets. Such events help the younger generation to learn more about their country’s athletic history,” he said. According to Kamandar Madzhidov, the 2nd European Games will contribute to the development and popularization of sport.

The 2012 Olympic bronze rhythmic gymnastics medalist Lyubov Cherkashina noted that the 2nd European Games is a great and responsible event which Belarus has an honor to host. Belarusian gymnasts will do their best to make he home crowd happy, she believes.

The exhibition features Belarusian athletes who became Olympic champions in the Soviet times and Olympic champions and medalists of the contemporary period. All in all, the exhibition displays 188 photos, 138 of which were made by BelTA photo correspondents. One of BelTA’s iconic photos shows Olympic gymnastics champions Antonina Koshel, Tamara Lazakovich, Olga Korbut from the Munich 1972 Summer Olympic Games.

Visitors can see the golden Olympic run of Yulia Nestsiarenka in Athens, the victory of Maxim Mirny and Victoria Azarenka in tennis mixed doubles in London, Daria Domracheva's triumph in the women's biathlon in Sochi and the victory of Belarus in women’s biathlon relay in Pyeongchang 2018. There is a photo of Aleksandr Medved carrying a torch of the 1980 Olympics to Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. The photos capture the acrobatic stunts by Olga Korbut and Nellie Kim, the successes of gymnasts in individual and team events, medal-winning swims by Aliaksandra Herasimenia and Sergey Koplyakov, golden performances in aerials, canoe/kayak and rowing.

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