Report on development of children’s and youth football in Belarus

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Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko heard out a report on the qualification of coaches and development of children’s and youth football on 15 February.

The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Board of the Development Bank of Belarus, Chairman of the Belarusian Football Federation Sergei Rumas, Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Football Federation Yuri Kurbyko, and Belarusian coaches Sergei Borovsky, Eduard Malofeyev and Lyudas Rumbutis.

“At the beginning of our conversation I want to ask one question. Aren’t you ashamed of the current state of affairs in football in the country? Probably, you should be,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president said that the state is doing everything for the development of this sport. This work is monitored by the head of the best bank in Belarus. This bank successfully implements various projects. “But they failed to implement one project about football. Where have you been? Roughly speaking, the bank is just monitoring your activities, helps you organize something and provides assistance,” the head of state said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that both the main Belarusian team and youth teams are not successful. “There is utter failure. Football is the most popular sport, and special gear is not needed to learn to play it,” the President said.

There were many legendary football players from Belarus in the past, the head of state said. “Where is all that now? Sport cannot exist without good coaches. It is essential to step up efforts to look for young talents. Where was Shcherbo [Soviet and Belarusian gymnast, multiple Olympic champion] found? In a kindergarten,” the Belarusian leader said.

The president is convinced that an experienced coach can see that a child can become a good athlete. Then such coaches should work hard to achieve something. “This is what we lack,” Aleksandr Lukashenko believes.

Besides, it is essential to reorganize the Belarusian Football Federation, the head of state added. “We need smart people, set up a good federation which will provide assistance and support. We also need to improve work with coaches,” he said.