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MINSK, March 17 (BelTA) – Viktor Lukashenko held his first official meeting as President of the Belarusian NOC with Russian Olympic Committee Head Stanislav Pozdnyakov and Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin in Moscow on March 17. During the talks, the parties discussed a wide range of issues related to the upcoming Olympic Games, BelTA learned from the NOC’s press service.
The central theme was the preparation of the athletes for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. The chronobiological and climato-geographical adaptation to the conditions of the Games is in the spotlight in the last stage of the preparations for the Games. Equally important are the infrastructure, scientific, methodological and technological capabilities of training camps and joint camps. The parties also discussed the vaccination of athletes and other members of delegations, in accordance with the health safety recommendations of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the IOC.
Viktor Lukashenko and Stanislav Pozdnyakov discussed programs dedicated to the exchange of experiences with the participation of the Belarusian NOC, the Olympic Committee of Russia and other countries, including projects promoted by IOC Olympic Solidarity. The aim was to expand the possibilities for the involvement of Belarusian specialists in the programs of the International Olympic University of Russia, the participation of young Belarusian athletes in the International Forum of Young Olympians and the preparations for the Forum of leaders of the NOCs of the countries of the CIS, the Baltic States and the countries of Georgia which are due to take place in Tashkent this fall.
President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov noted that the visit of the Belarusian delegation is important as the parties discussed new measures to develop and strengthen cooperation.
“We are pleased to welcome colleagues from the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Olympic Committee. We have discussed various topics today and I want to stress that the dialogue has been constructive and useful. Our neighbors, colleagues, who organized a wonderful 2nd European Games, continue to prepare for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, guided, like all participants in the Olympic movement, by the interests of the athletes, and create the most comfortable conditions for their athletes. . Our positions are quite the same on this point. That is why we have devoted a lot of time to a detailed discussion of the joint training of athletes for the Olympic Games, not only in summer but also in winter. We would also like to invite our Belarusian colleagues to participate in educational, youth and other projects which aim to promote Olympism, Olympic values and the unity of our entire Olympic family ”, underlined Stanislav Pozdnyakov.
Such meetings make it possible to exchange experiences and develop intelligent approaches to solve any problems, he added.
The Belarusian National Olympic Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee have always maintained close friendly relations and have similar positions on many issues concerning the development of sport and the Olympic movement, stressed Belarusian NOC President Viktor Lukashenko.
“The upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing will undoubtedly be extremely important for our countries. We like the proposals from the Russian Sports Ministry, especially the idea of organizing joint training camps in Siberia and the Russian Far East. For its part, Belarus is ready to help organize training camps for Russian athletes, if necessary. I want to stress that our sports facilities are always ready to welcome athletes from fraternal Russia. Your athletes actively use Belarusian Olympic training centers, such as Staiki, Raubichi, Freestyle Ski Center and other sports facilities as they prepare for important international events, ”said Viktor Lukashenko.
He thanked the Russian Olympic Committee for its cooperation, its support in the field of Olympic education, the opportunity to participate in the programs of the Russian International Olympic University and for the invitation to participate in the International Forum of Young Olympians. “I am sure that our sports organizations will continue to strengthen their ties,” noted Viktor Lukashenko.
According to Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, Russia and Belarus are reliable sports partners, which contributes to fraternal and friendly relations. He believes that the exchange of experiences in professional and general sport as well as joint research projects facilitate the development of sport in Russia and Belarus.
“Russia and Belarus signed the cooperation program in physical culture and sport for 2021-2022 in Brest in October 2020. We cooperate in the scientific and methodological support of our national teams and organize joint training camps. We are ready to consider organizing a joint training camp at our training centers in Siberia and the Russian Far East, which have the necessary infrastructure and equipment for the successful training of our teams. national before major international competitions, ”said Oleg Matytsin.