Lukashenko: Much attention is devoted to sport in Belarus
MINSK, 10 April (BelTA) - Much attention is devoted to sport in Belarus, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he met with the academic staff and students of the Belarusian State University of Physical Education on 10 April, BelTA has learned.
According to the head of state, considerable funds are allocated for sport development in the country. Conditions for doing sports have been created for all sections of the population. The President wants the country's gyms and sports complexes working at full capacity.
The President emphasized that the country's sports federations and associations are headed by high-level executives who can keep the processes in the sport they supervise under complete control. Belarus hosts a lot of sport events every year. The 2014 IIHF World Championship was a success. Belarus has also been granted the right to host the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2019. The country is preparing its bids to host the European Indoor Athletics Championships in 2019 and the 2021 IIHF World Championship.
“And, of course, we expect victories and new records from our athletes,” the President stressed.
Lukashenko urges to increase nationwide mass sport participation
The head of state stressed that the formation of an educated and healthy nation is one of the main priorities. Therefore, a lot of events have been held in the country, including the Belarusian Ski Track competition, the Golden Puck tournament, the Leather Ball competition, other sport events, to promote physical education. There are also many regional events. Belarusian regions, towns, districts host numerous sport festivals and tournaments. People see these efforts and go in for sport.
Lukashenko urges to optimize children's and youth sport schools
Alexander Lukashenko instructed the government to work out proposals to support children's and youth sport schools, to optimize the number of personnel and children attending these schools. At present there are about 500 children's and youth sport schools in Belarus. However, these schools are not efficient enough. Good coaches work there, but the schools do not get enough financing, the President said.
Contracts for students of Belarusian sport universities after admission
When asked what can be done to keep young coaches working after two years of mandatory post-graduation work, Alexander Lukashenko said that the state is interested in getting students to see their career prospects only in the line of business they wanted to work in during the university admittance campaign.
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