MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) - Hockey player Daniil Karpovich and speed skater Varvara Bandarina will carry the flag at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, BelTA learned from the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
Daniil Karpovich will carry the flag at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland which will begin in Vaudoise Arena at 21.30 Minsk time. “I am pleasantly surprised. For the first time ever I will have this honor to carry the flag of the country at such a large tournament. We will do our best and perform to the top of our abilities,” the hockey player said.
Speed skater Varvara Bandarina will fly the Belarusian flag at the parallel opening ceremony in St. Moritz which will host the luge, bobsleigh and speed skating competitions. “It is a great honor for me. I am happy to be the flag bearer. The emotions are most positive. I feel confident before the start of the Youth Olympic Games and I promise to do my best,” she said.
The 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne will run from 9 to 22 January. Taking part in the competitions will be around 1,880 athletes from more than 70 countries. The event program will feature the same number of women than men, for the first time ever for a Winter Olympic event. There will be 16 disciplines on the program: biathlon, cross-country skiing, ice hockey mixed NOC 3x3, Alpine skiing, figure skating, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, curling, freestyle skiing, speed skating, snowboarding and ski-mountaineering. Team Belarus will perform in five disciplines.More about Sport