Aleksandr Lukashenko congratulates Belarusian rowers on Olympic bronze

    Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has congratulated Belarusian rowers Margarita Makhneva, Nadezhda Lepeshko, Olga Khudenko and Marina Litvinchuk on winning bronze at the Olympic Games in Rio.

    “Your convincing performance in the Olympic women’s kayak four 500m final has demonstrated stalwart will and outstanding sports mastery of Belarusian rowers to the whole world. The entire country was rooting for you, and you deserve respect for your achievement,” the message of greetings reads.

    “Your victory is especially valuable because you had to compete in terms of the unprecedented external pressure on the team,” the head of state noted. “I am convinced that together we will overcome all difficulties to prove the authority of the Belarusian rowing and canoeing team at the biggest international tournaments. That’s the way to go!”