Session to discuss development of summer sports
development of sport has always been and still is a priority of
Belarus’ state policy, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at
the session held on 18 December to discuss the development of summer
“Good results in sport are the main
indicator. Other things are idle talk,” the Belarusian leader said.
“Sport is not a lottery. Every victory relies on the hard work of
professional people - athletes, coaches, doctors, researchers. Results
depend on the resolution of pending systemic issues and the fulfillment
of corresponding instructions.”
The president deemed it necessary to ensure
maximum efficiency of government investments in sport. “If you
determined priority sports, please inject major human and material
resources in these sports,” he said.
“Everything should be in sync at all levels
and in all aspects: in personnel training, specialization of sports
schools, information coverage, financing,” the head of state said.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, in Soviet
times much attention was drawn to ideology, the goal was to affect as
many people as possible. “Verbal influence was the main thing. As you
know, times change. And the role of words is still big. I believe that
the conversations with people are the crucial factor of influence.
However, a new factor of mass influence emerged. Normal ideology is what
we need now,” the Belarusian leader said.
“Sport is the foundation of ideology.
Without idle talks, and a thousand of words, an athlete or a group of
athletes comes to the limelight (this does not pertain to our ice hockey
players, both teams, who have recently failed), and the national anthem
is played in honor of this athlete or a group of athletes, we can even
say in honor of the entire nation. Such occasions lift people’s moods,
and you know it. This is the reason for the special attention of the
government and me personally to sport.”
The president said that the results in
summer sports leave much to be desired in spite of the level of support
provided to these sports. The results of Belarusian rowers, trampoline
gymnasts and wrestlers were quite good. “It seems that the season in
women’s tennis was rather successful, but it is still necessary to
address a few issues in this sport,” Alexander Lukashenko remarked.
At the same time, he stressed that
representatives of such traditionally strong sports for Belarus as
shooting, gymnastics, track and field, fencing, swimming won only a few
medals at the international level. “The results in team sports are even
worse. I have already said about ice hockey. The same can be said about
football except for FC BATE,” the head of state said.
The president deemed it necessary to focus
on every sport rather than the conversation about a certain sports
vertical. “I am tired of such talks. That is not the issue. We don’t
need more verticals,” he stressed.
Alexander Lukashenko also asked about the
performance of sports federations, the majority of which are led by
famous specialists in those fields. He stressed that they have all
conditions for productive work, but certain people are more focused on
personal matters rather than on their sports.
The president instructed to create necessary conditions for talented athletes, especially top athletes.