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The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus was established on March 22, 1991.

A year later, on March 9, 1992 the NOC of Belarus received the status of a temporary member; at the 101st International Olympic Committee Session held in Monaco on 21-24 September 1993, the NOC of Belarus was officially recognized and became a full member of the Olympic Family. Since then the Republic of Belarus has obtained the right to send its national team to the Olympic Games.

Vladimir Ryzhenkov (1945-1996), Minister of Sport and Tourism at that time, was elected the first president of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. In May 1997 Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, was elected the NOC President.

президент НОК А. Г. ЛукашенкоGiving a speech at the Olympic Assembly, President said:

"There are no other examples in the world when the Head of State is elected the leader of the National Olympic Committee. I want to preserve the best achievements made in sport in our Republic for the years of its participation in the international Olympic Movement."

The presidency of Alexander Lukashenko has given impetus to national sports life. Central stadiums and Olympic sports complexes have been reconstructed, a whole range of modern sports facilities has been created, President's scholarships have been set up.

Ice-hockey, biathlon, football, athletics, boxing, rowing, tennis, weightlifting and other sports included in the Olympic Program have received further development. There have been created necessary sports facilities for promotion of mass physical culture, junior and youth sport, for mastership of sports skills by Belarusian athletes.

Alexander Lukashenko was awarded the IOC trophy for his significant contribution to promotion of sport and Olympic Movement as NOC President.

The sports image of the Head of State, giving an example of healthy life style, strong character and excitement during competitions, is his personal credo and part of thoroughly thought and systematically realized state policy.

Belarus was represented by its athletes thrice at Olympiads and four times at Olympic Winter Games.

For the first time athletes of Belarus participated as an independent team in the XVII Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer (Norway). Those Olympics opened a new page in the history of Belarusian sport.

The National Olympic Committee of Belarus sent 33 athletes competing in 7 Olympic disciplines. The first Olympic medal in the history of the Republic of Belarus as an independent state was won by speed skater Igor Zhelezovsky who became a silver medalist in 1000 m. Biathlete Svetlana Paramygina became a silver medal holder as well (7,5km individual race). As a result, at the XVII Olympic Winter Games Belarus took the 15th place in the rank by total among 67 countries-participants of the Games.


At the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta (USA) Belarus resulted 37th in the rank by gold and 23rd in the rank by total among 176 participating countries.

In February 1998, at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, the Belarusian national team won two bronze medals and took the 20th place.

At the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney (Australia) the Belarusian team achieved remarkable success - it became 23rd in the rank by gold and 15th in the rank by total.

At the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002, the Belarusian team won the bronze medal in freestyle.

At the Athens Olympiad the Belarusian athletes won 15 medals (2 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze ones), took the 26th place in the rank by gold and was 18th in the rank by total. On the whole, representatives of 201 countries of the world took part in the Olympiad.

For the period of independence of the Republic of Belarus, 56 Belarusian athletes became Olympic Champions and medallists. 53 Olympic medals were won: 6 gold, 18 silver and 29 bronze ones.

Representatives of 80 countries took part in the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino (Italy). Belarus sent 28 athletes there. Dmitry Dashinsky won a silver medal in freestyle (aerials). It became his second medal at the Olympic Games.

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For the first time Belarusian athletes participated in the Olympiad in 1952 (Helsinki, Finland) as members of the USSR team. German Bokun, a participant of the 1952 Olympiad, became deputy chairman of the State Sports Committee of the Republic of Belarus and was in charge for the development of Olympic sports. His activities gave a start to the promotion of the Olympic Movement in Belarus. Significant base for Olympic sports in Belarus was set up by Viktor Liventsev, Chairman of the State Sports Committee, Hero of the USSR.

The first Olympic medal - a silver one - was won by hammer thrower Mikhail Krivonosov in 1956. The first Olympic gold medal won by Belarusian athletes - the medal won by canoeists Leonid Geishtor and Sergei Makarenko at the Olympiad in Rome in 1960.

As for the all the medals won by Belarusian athletes as members of the USSR team, the United Team of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the independent team of the Republic of Belarus, the statistics is as follows: 60 Belarusian athletes won 71 gold medals, 54 representatives of Belarus - 50 silver medals and 68 athletes - 62 bronze medals. On the whole, from 1952 to 2006, 147 athletes from Belarus became Olympic medallsts, having won 183 medals.

At present the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus is a multifunctional public organization. Among its members - 74 organizations, including 30 Olympic summer and 5 Olympic winter sports federations, as well as 21 non-Olympic sports federations, 18 territorial and departmental sport and physical culture organizations.

The NOC of Belarus is an independent public organization whose status and function completely comply with the Olympic Charter and the law of the Republic of Belarus in relation to physical culture and sport.

In accordance with the Olympic Charter the following structures were formed: the NOC Executive Committee (13 members), the Executive Committee Bureau and 10 Permanent Commissions:

1. Commission for organizational matters
2. Commission for financial and economic activities and development of material resourses
3. International Affairs Commission
4. Commission for high-level sport, preparation and participation in the Olympic Games and competitions held under the IOC patronage.
5. Olympic Education and Culture Commission
6. Commission for collaboration with sports federations
7. "Sport for all" Commission
8. "Women and Sport" Commission
9. Mass Media Commission
10 Medical Commission

The Commissions are headed by the NOC Executive Committee members.

Following the decision of the Olympic Assembly, Representations of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus have been set up in Minsk and all the regions of Belarus since 26 January 1993. The Representations are engaged in promotion and development of the Olympic Movement, healthy life style and physical education among the young generation, development of mass sport, organization of anti-alcoholic, anti-smoking and anti-drugs campaigns, acquisition of sports equipment for boarding houses, setting up of rehabilitation centers for athletes and sports schools of Olympic Champions. Activities of this kind are supported by Olympic medallists, famous athletes and coaches who help to promote sport and the Olympic Movement.

However, the most important function of the NOC Representations is to assist state and public physical culture and sport organizations, sports federations in preparing young sport talents for the national teams of the Republic of Belarus.

The activities of the National Olympic Committee on the international level constitute an important direction of its policies. For recent years a lot have been done to establish and develop ties with international structures of the Olympic Movement and other National Olympic Committees.

The Republic of Belarus was visited by distinguished leaders of the International Olympic Movement, among them IOC Honorary President Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC President Jacques Rogge, EOC President Mario Pescante, IOC Director General Francois Carraro, Director of the Olympic Solidarity Pere Miro, President of the International Gymnastics Federation Bruno Grandi, President of the Paralympic Committee Robert Stedvard, Presidents of the National Olympic Committees of the countries-members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Presidents of the Baltic States, heads of international organizations, sports federations.

Representatives of the Republic of Belarus work in the EOC Commissions, international sports organizations and federations.

The Belarusian Olympic Academy was set up in 1993; it is engaged in promotion of the Olympic Movement in the Republic of Belarus.

In 2001 its representatives took part in the Forum of National Academies held in Ancient Olympia, at which the Belarusian Olympic Academy was represented. Thanks to its fruitful activities, the Belarusian Olympic Academy received recognition of the international Olympic community. In 2002 the Academy became a full member of the "Fair Play" European Committee.

The Belarusian Olympic Academy realized a significant project - the first in the CIS countries international conference "Olympism and Olympic Education in the countries of Europe" which was held in Minsk. The conference was attended by over 300 scientists from Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Slovakia, Greece, Russia, Poland etc.

The National Olympic Committee arranged a whole range of international practical and scientific conferences on important issues of sports medicine regarding preparation of athletes for the Olympic Games. Seminars on development of high level sport, science, medicine and information technologies have become traditional.

The recognition of the Belarusian Athletes' Union by the World Olympians Association became another remarkable event for the Olympic Movement in Belarus. The principal activities of the Union aim at providing help and assistance to young athletes and veterans of Belarusian sport.

The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus is a self-financing organization. To insure its effective activities, the marketing program has been approved and is being implemented. The income is used for preparation and participation of Belarusian athletes in international competitions, including the Olympic Games.

The National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus is the only NOC in the world that has constructed the Olympic Village without hosting the Olympic Games. Under the patronage of Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, NOC President, the dwelling complex "Olympyiski" was constructed in a picturesque place of Minsk, near the Belarusian State University of Physical Culture and Sport.

The dwelling complex helped to solve the accommodation problem encountered by many Belarusian athletes, participants, champions and prize-winners of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other large-scale competitions. As a result, it stopped the drain of the leading Belarusian athletes and coaches abroad.

The reconstruction of the Sports Complex "Olympyiski" constitutes a significant part of the NOC activity. It is used for training of national swimming, diving, water polo, taekwondo and beach basketball teams, as well as for promoting mass sport and physical culture. A whole range of modern sports facilities have been recently constructed, among them - two gyms, the weightlifting school named after Olympic Champion Valery Shary, a taekwondo gym, a billiard club, a recreational center, the rhythmic gymnastics school of Olympic rhythmic gymnastics Champion Marina Lobach, a football field, the Aquatic Sports Palace etc.

The National Olympic Committee supports not only high-level, but also mass sport. It realizes the "Sport for All" Program to encourage children and teenagers to go in for sport and lead a healthy life style. Moreover, a lot of sports festivals for children are regularly arranged in Belarus. The most popular among them are "Olympiad - not only for Olympians", "For Healthy Life Style ", "I'm Drawing Sport" and so on.

Besides, the NOC of Belarus and its Representations regularly organize spartakiades, sports contests and tournaments.

The NOC took under its patronage Zhodino boarding school. The NOC representatives regularly visit its schoolchildren and arrange holidays and parties for them.

The NOC has its traditions. For instance, it holds the Olympic Christmas Party for Olympians when the 10 best Belarusian athletes of the year are named.

Before each edition of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Committee in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus organizes the "Art and Sport" contest. Works of its winners are sent to the IOC Museum to participate in the international contest.

In 2000 Darya Moroz, a student of the Academy of Arts, won the first prize in this contest. Her picture was exhibited during the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Olympic Games. At present it is displayed in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (Switzerland).

Besides, the NOC of Belarus conducts sports quizzes which enjoy high popularity among teenagers. Their winners are sent to the International Olympic Youth Camp.

The "Olympic Day Run" and "Olympians Among Us" are the most popular NOC sports festivals held in Belarus. All the participants of these sports events are given IOC certificates signed by the IOC President. Such festivals are especially popular among the young generation - the future of Belarusian sport. They will represent the Republic of Belarus at the forthcoming Olympic Games.

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