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12 August 2021, 16:03

Send-off ceremony held for Belarusian athletes heading to Tokyo Paralympic Games

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – A send-off ceremony of the Belarusian Paralympic team to the 26th Paralympic Games in Tokyo was held at the Minsk Hero City monument. The event was attended by Labor and Social Security Minister Irina Kostevich, BelTA learned from the ministry.

The 26th Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo will be held from 24 August to 5 September. These are the most prestigious competitions for athletes with disabilities. They competed to qualify for the Games at national, regional and world championships.

Team Belarus includes 20 athletes who will compete in five sports: athletics, swimming, judo, rowing, canoe, wheelchair fencing.

Addressing the Paralympians, Irina Kostevich stressed that "achievements in sport are not a happy twist of fate or a stroke of luck. It is always the result of tremendous work, faith in your strength and a great desire to win."

Belarusian athletes always perform great at the Paralympics, the minister said.  The 2012 Belarus’ roster in London featured 31 athletes in seven sports (swimming, athletics, cycling, wheelchair fencing, rowing, judo, and powerlifting). They won 10 medals to place 25th overall.

In Rio de Janeiro in 2016 Belarus was represented by 20 athletes in five sports (swimming, athletics, wheelchair fencing, rowing, and judo). They won 10 medals to finish 19th on the medal table.

At the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang in 2018, fourteen Belarusian athletes competed in two sports (skiing and biathlon) to win 12 medals and place 8th.

The minister wished Belarusian athletes to have faith in themselves and their limitless possibilities. She also wished them high results and well-deserved victories.
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