MINSK, 19 July (BelTA) - Volleyball player Vladislav Babkevich has been named captain of Belarus' national team at the 15th Summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku. A see-off ceremony for Team Belarus to Baku was held in the National Olympic Committee, BelTA has learned.
Vladislav Babkevich is a player of Belarus' junior national team, participant of the European championships. He has competed in European League as part of senior national team this season.
During the ceremony Belarus NOC Acting First Vice President Viktor Lukashenko expressed the confidence that the new generation of athletes will represent Belarus in the capital of Azerbaijan at a high level. “You have gone through qualifications for the upcoming event. At the European Youth Festival you will learn a lot, assess your rivals, make new friends. I wish the Belarusian team to get into a competitive spirit, achieve high results and come back home in high spirits,” Viktor Lukashenko said.
“Our athletes need to show their best qualities in Baku, following in the footsteps of the Belarusian athletes who competed in the 1st European Games in Azerbaijan, the 2nd European Games in Minsk where the national team won 69 medals. The coaching staff and the athletes have done a great job ahead of the festival. For Belarusian athletes Baku is a happy sports arena so I hope you will continue these traditions,” Belarus' Sport and Tourism Minister said.
The Belarusian team consists of 102 athletes. They will compete in the women's, Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, cycling, volleyball, gymnastics, judo, athletics, swimming and tennis.
Head of the Olympic movement development at Belarus' NOC Dmitry Dovgalenok has been appointed chief de mission, head of international relations at Belarus' NOC Vasily Yurchik deputy chief de mission.
The Summer Youth Olympic Festival will bring together about 1,500 young athletes from 48 countries who will compete in 10 sports. At the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Gyor, Hungary in 2017 the Belarusian team included 96 athletes who competed in nine sports. Two years ago, the Belarusian young athletes won 15 medals (three gold, five silver, and seven bronze).
European Youth Olympic Festival has been held under the aegis of the European Olympic Committees since 1991 once every two years.More about Sport