MINSK, 14 June (BelTA) – The National Olympic Committee of Belarus and the Olympic Committee of Russia plan to expand cooperation. The matter was discussed at a meeting between Belarus' Sports and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk, First Vice President of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee Andrei Astashevich and President of the Olympic Committee of Russia Stanislav Podznyakov in Moscow, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Olympic Committee.
The parties discussed the possibilities of implementing joint events on the territory of the two states, using Belarusian sports facilities for training of Russian athletes, countering doping in sport, preparing for the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019, and developing cooperation between the Olympic committees of the two countries.
The memorandum of understanding and cooperation between the Olympic committees was signed in November 2015. According to President of the Olympic Committee of Russia Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the document will be used to implement new projects. “At present we are working on an annual program and will suggest Belarus' NOC and the sports federations of your country taking part in the events organized by the Olympic Committee of Russia, including those having anti-doping measures. It is important for us to participate in the European Games in Minsk in 2019. Russia plans to use the most of its quota at the forthcoming Games. Some sports competitions will be held as qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Stanislav Pozdnyakov said.
The meeting was also attended by Head of the General Directorate for Participation in the Olympic Sporting Events of the Olympic Committee of Russia Andrei Konokotin, who will lead the Russian delegation at the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019.More about Sport