Opening of 11th Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament

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President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in the opening of the 11th Christmas International Amateur Ice Hockey Tournament for the Prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus on 4 January.

During the opening ceremony Aleksandr Lukashenko noted: "Holding such an important event in the early days of the new year is another testament to the role that sport plays in promoting friendship and understanding between peoples."

The President said that Belarus recently hosted the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship which drew a huge number of fans. Minsk set a new attendance record of the ice hockey world championships. The President of the International Ice Hockey Federation named the Minsk championship the best in history," he said.

"By holding the Minsk Christmas tournament which is dubbed the unofficial world championship among amateur hockey teams, we continue a series of international competitions and give start to the next sports season," Aleksandr Lukashenko underlined.

The head of state participated in the match against Slovakia as part of the President's team.