MINSK, 10 August (BelTA) – 2020 Tokyo rhythmic gymnastics bronze medalist Alina Harnasko of Belarus chose Minsk Children's Olympic School No.4 of the Belarusian Sports Society Dinamo, where she held her first practice sessions, for Br10,000 assistance from the Presidential Sports Club as part of the country's Olympic Choice project, BelTA has learned.
Liubov Charkashyna chose the school as part of the Olympic Choice project during the 2012 London Olympics. Alina Harnasko was a scholarship holder of the Presidential Sports Club in 2016 and 2017.
Taking part in this year's Olympic Choice project in Belarus were trampoliner Ivan Litvinovich (gold medal), high jumper Maksim Nedasekau (bronze), wrestler Iryna Kurachkina (silver), wrestler Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (bronze), wrestler Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau (silver), women's K4 (silver), rhythmic gymnast Alina Harnasko (bronze).
Thus, thanks to the achievements of the Belarusian athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics a total of Br95,000 will be allocated from the Presidential Sports Club to support seven different sports institutions to help train future Belarusian Olympians. Financial resources can be used for the improvement of the infrastructure of the school or for the participation of young athletes in competitions.
The Olympic Choice is a joint project of the Presidential Sports Club, the National Olympic Committee and the Sport and Tourism Ministry to support children and youth sport in the country. This charity event began with the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was held during the 2014 Sochi Games, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, 2018 Pyeongchang Games and the 2nd European Games 2019 in Minsk.
As part of the project, Belarusian Olympic champions and medalists are invited to pick up sports schools that will get free (sponsorship) assistance from the Presidential Sports Club to improve its facilities and resources and to run and take part in competitions. The sum of the financial assistance will depend on the class of the Olympic medal: Br20,000 for gold medal, Br15,000 for silver and Br10,000 for bronze.