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16 December 2021, 15:50

Minsk issues commemorative stamps to celebrate Tokyo 2020 Olympics medalists

Minsk issues commemorative stamps to celebrate Tokyo 2020 Olympics medalists

MINSK, 16 December (BelTA) – The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the Minsk central postal office on 16 December, BelTA has learned from the press service of the Naitonal Olympic committee of Belarus.

It was attended by Vice President of the NOC of Belarus Dmitry Dovgalyonok, Chairman of the Paralympic Committee Oleg Shepel, and Deputy Communications and Informatization Minister Natalya Gordeyenko.

The sets of commemorative stamps celebrate “Medalists of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo” and “Medalists of the 16th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo”. The souvenir sheet and the First Day cover feature the logo of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus.

Dmitry Dovgalyonok noted that the National Olympic Committee started collaborating with organizations subordinate to the Communications and Informatization Ministry, including Belpochta, 25 years ago when the 1996 Summer Olympic Games were held. Over the years, the issue of sets of commemorative stamps and souvenir sheets celebrating Belarus' Olympic successes has become a good tradition.

Дмитрий Довгаленок и Наталья Гордеенко
Дмитрий Довгаленок и Наталья Гордеенко

“It is an important project that helps promote sports. Postage stamps can turn up anywhere in the world, thus people living in the other part of the world will learn about our athletes, about Belarus. This is an advertisement of our Olympic movement,” said Dmitry Dovgalyonok.

Postal projects consist of a souvenir sheet, the First Day cover and a special postmark. Each set consists of seven thousand stamps.

Since gaining independence, the Republic of Belarus has released over 1,440 state postage stamps, which are used to pay for mail services and in stamp collecting.

Belarusian postage stamps feature national themes and chronicle the history of the state. The variety of designs and themes on stamps is enormous.

More than 200 Belarusian stamps celebrate the athletes and country's achievements in tennis, ice hockey, biathlon, basketball and other sports.

Photos courtesy of the NOC of Belarus

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