MINSK, 17 January (BelTA) – Part of the Belarusian delegation returned home from the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne on 16 January, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus.
Ilya Korzun (ice hockey), Maksim Davydouski (alpine skiing), and his coach Aleksandr Nakonechny were welcomed at Minsk National Airport by representatives of the NOC and the Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry and their families.
Special congratulations were extended to Ilya Korzun as his team won the champion's title in the Men's Mixed NOC 3-on-3 event. “We were touched by such attention to our team. Of course, we hoped to win from the start,” Ilya Korzun said. “When our team advanced into the final, we were set to take the gold. I am happy that we did it. It was a good experience of working with other players whom I had never met before. We became a strong team and succeeded in the end,” he added.
The ice hockey team featuring Belarus'Daniil Karpovich secured the 4th place. Successful performance of Belarusian athletes shows the high level of training of ice hockey players in Belarus, coach Dmitry Matyukha stressed. “The main aim of the Youth Olympic Games is not to achieve concrete results but to bring together athletes from various countries. This aim was at the heart of the mixed 3-on-3 event that featured teams of players from different countries. I hope that our young athletes enjoyed playing, exchanging experience, and communicating. Team Belarus proved that our training brings results,” he said.
So far, Team Belarus has two medals: Ilya Korzun's gold in ice hockey and Yuliya Kavaleuskaya's bronze in biathlon.
The 3rd Youth Olympic Games are running in Lausanne, Switzerland on 9-22 January. The competitions have brought together 1,880 young male and female athletes from over 70 countries. Belarus is represented in five disciplines.