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11 Sep 2019

Match Europe v USA hailed as true celebration of sport

Match Europe v USA hailed as true celebration of sport
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MINSK, 11 September (BelTA) – The Match Europe v USA was a true celebration of sport, Chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation Vadim Devyatovsky told the media in Minsk on 10 September, BelTA has learned.

“What happened yesterday and today was a true celebration of sport. Fans giving fives to passing athletes was something worth watching. It was very emotional. Throughout the match the passions rode high, competition was intense,” said Vadim Devyatovsky.

Vadim Devyatovsky said that many athletes liked the stadium that hosted the match. In his opinion, hosting big competitions is becoming a good tradition for Belarus. When asked about the possibility of organizing the return match in Minsk, Vadim Devyatovsky said that this issue will be discussed during the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Speaking about the fate of the main trophy, he noted that most likely the cup will be kept in the office of the European Athletics Association.

The maiden Europe vs USA athletics match took place at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk on 9-10 September. More than 300 athletes took part in the event. Fourteen Belarusian athletes, who were part of Team Europe, made a significant contribution to the overall victory. Maksim Nedasekau (high jump), and Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova (long jump) proved to be the best in their sports. Hanna Malyshik (hammer throw) and Tatsiana Khaladovich (javelin throw) were the runner-ups.

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