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04 February 2022, 15:36

Golovatsiuk, Nifantava carry Belarus' flag at Athletes Parade in Beijing

MINSK, 4 February (BelTA) - Speed skaters Ignat Golovatsiuk, and Hanna Nifantava carried the flag for Team Belarus at the opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, BelTA learned from the Team Belarus mission.

Team Belarusian entered the National Stadium the 22nd. The Belarusian delegation included about 20 representatives of the Belarusian delegation - athletes and officials. By tradition, the Athletes Parade was opened by Greece, the homeland of the Olympic. The host China will close it. All in all, the parade will feature 91 sports delegations.

In Beijing Belarusian athletes will compete in six sports: biathlon, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, speed skating, figure skating, freestyle skiing. For Belarus, this will be the eighth Winter Games in its sovereign history. Belarus made its debut as a separate team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Belarusians won three medals (two gold and silver), placing 15th in the overall medal scoreboard. All in all, Team Belarus won 18 medals at seven Winter Games: eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals. The best result was the 8th place in Sochi in 2014 with six medals (five gold and one bronze medals).

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