MINSK, 19 November (BelTA) – Sports facilities do not generate a lot of profit, but they should at least pay their way, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke at the meeting of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus on 19 November, BelTA has learned.
The head of state emphasized that sports facilities carry a heavy social burden, because athletes can use them free of charge. The president believes that efforts should be taken to enable sports facilities to cover their own costs. “It is impossible to make a lot of money here, but they should be able to pay their way, in particular when it comes to sports like tennis,” he said.
According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, successful athletes who rose to prominence and made money, should also contribute to the development of Belarusian sport and help other athletes. For example, they could purchase sports gear, like tennis rackets for the Palace of Tennis. “If an athlete advances to the top of their profession, they should pitch in and help promote sport in the country. Such sports are many. Football and hockey players get paid a lot, although they are a shame for the country so far,” the head of state said.
The president warned the NOC executives that NOC property should be taken good care of. The minister of sport is also responsible for the good condition of sports facilities. “The number one task for the minister is to safeguard the state property that is leased out to athletes for training and achieving good results. I have already warned about it. The same pertains to the NOC,” he said.