MINSK, 7 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian men's and women's 3x3 basketball teams claimed silver medals at the First CIS games in Kazan, BelTA has learned.
In the final the Belarusian women's team lost to Russia 16-22.
At the preliminary stage the Belarusian women's team secured confident wins against Uzbekistan (22-11) and Armenia (19-11) and lost to Russia (12-18). In the semifinal Belarus defeated Uzbekistan 22-11. The Belarusian team featured Katsiaryna Karcheuskaya, Natallia Harbachova, Alena Tsitavets, and Iryna Krauchanka.
The Belarusian men's team also lost to Russia, 18-21, in the final.
The Belarusian men's team topped Group B defeating Azerbaijan 20-12 and Kyrgyzstan 16-11. Belarus then routed Uzbekistan 22-5 in the semifinal. The Belarusian team comprised Tsimur Drukau, Aliaksei Navoichyk, Vitali Lebedev, and Kiryl Vaskautsou.
At the CIS Games in the capital of Tatarstan Belarus is represented in badminton, basketball 3x3, boxing, judo, karate, table tennis, shooting, sambo, wrestling, Thai boxing, futsal and dance sport. A total of 1,100 athletes aged 14 to 23 years from nine countries - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Moldova, Belarus and Russia - have applied to take part in the First CIS Games. The program of the Games includes 16 sports and 182 medal events.
Originally the competitions were to be held on 20-27 August 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the Games were moved to September 2020, and later on to 2021.