Чатырохкратная алімпійская чэмпіёнка біятланістка Дар'я Домрачава. Фота Д. Касцючэнка. БЕЛТА
Four-time Olympic champion biathlete Daria Domracheva. Photo D. Kostyuchenko. BELTA
Матч на Кубак Салея. Фота Л. Шчаглова. БЕЛТА
Match for the Saleya Cup. Photo by L. Scheglov. BELTA
Беларускія спартсмены А. Звёздава і У. Зайцаў. Фота М. Гучака. БЕЛТА
Belarusian athletes A. Zvezdova and V. Zaitsev. Photo by M. Gucek. BELTA
Пераможны матч гандбалістаў БГК імя Мяшкова. Брэст. Фота К. Гараевай. БЕЛТА
The winning match handball players BGK them amed after Meshkov. Brest. Photo by E. Garayeva. BELTA
На III Сусветнай алімпіядзе па гіравым трыятлоне. Фота А. Хітрова. БЕЛТА
At the II World Weight Triathlon Olympiad. Photo by A. Khitrov. BELTA
"Зорная рэгата" у Мінску. Фота А. Пакумейкі. БЕЛТА
"Star Regatta" in Minsk. Photo by A. Pokumeyko. BELTA
Факельная эстафета "Бег Міру". Мінск. Фота Г. Жынкова. БЕЛТА
Torch relay "Running the World". Minsk. Photo by G. Zhinkov. BELTA
Sport in Belarus
Belarus is rightly considered the country of sport fans. People’s health, development of physical education and sport are the priorities of the Belarusian social policy. The country has adopted Gosudarstvennayа programma razvitiya fizicheskoj kul'tury' i sporta v Respublike Belarus' na 2016–2020 gody' (State program of physical culture and sports development in the Republic of Belarus for 2016-2020), which provides financing for the development of physical education and sport, construction and maintenance of sports facilities, recovery centers, sports clubs, trains specialists in physical education and sport, has many elite athletes.
There are more than 23,000 sports facilities in the country, including stadiums, riding halls, swimming pools, arenas. More than 460 facilities provide training for the sports reserve.The system of state specialized sports training institutions provides the training of athletes for 44 national teams. The state undertakes obligations of financing the training of national athletes reserve and competitive sportsmen, establishing communication with international sports organizations, building national teams and providing their training, organizing sports events in the Republic of Belarus.
The Sports and Tourism Ministry of the Republic of Belarus is a government body, responsible for the implementation of state policy on development of physical culture and sport. The country has a definite structure of sports societies and federations engaged in the development of mass physical training and health-improvement work, training of Olympic reserve, high performance sport.
Special attention is paid to physical education of children and youth. At the beginning of 2018 there are over 250 sport schools for children and youth, providing conditions for sports practices for more than 90,000 persons. The numerous objects of physical culture and sports include:
- 136 stadiums;
- 327 swimming pools (958 including mini swimming pools);
- 52 training grounds;
- 4 510 gyms;
- 35 synthetic ice rinks.
Most popular sports are athletics, football, gymnastics, skiing, ice hockey, tennis, fencing, wrestling, volleyball, handball, swimming, chess and checks.
The training of sport staff is on the rather high level. The highly skilled specialists are trained on the faculties of physical culture of state universities in Vitebsk, Polotsk, Gomel, Baranovichi, Brest, Grodno, Mogilev, and Minsk. The Belarusian State University of Physical Culture – the oldest specialized university in the country – is well-known outside of Belarus.
Major tasks of the republican centers of Olympic training are: training of national reserve teams and athletes of high qualification; execution of educational activity on the level of general secondary education; training of specialists with a "sport and teaching activity" degree.
Belorusskaya associaciya gimnastiki (Belarusian Gymnastics Association)