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.
(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.
Giving a speech at the Olympic Assembly,
"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.
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.
Lukashenko was awarded the IOC trophy for his significant contribution
to promotion of sport and Olympic Movement as NOC President.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 1998, at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, the
Belarusian national team won two bronze medals and took the 20th place.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
accordance with the Olympic Charter the following structures were
formed: the NOC Executive Committee (13 members), the Executive
Committee Bureau and 10 Permanent Commissions:
Commission for organizational matters
2. Commission for
financial and economic activities and development of material resourses
International Affairs Commission
4. Commission for high-level
sport, preparation and participation in the Olympic Games and
competitions held under the IOC patronage.
Education and Culture Commission
6. Commission for
collaboration with sports federations
7. "Sport for all"
8. "Women and Sport" Commission
10 Medical Commission
Commissions are headed by the NOC Executive Committee members.
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.
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.
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
Representatives of the Republic of
Belarus work in the EOC Commissions, international sports organizations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the NOC of Belarus and its Representations regularly organize
spartakiades, sports contests and tournaments.
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.
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.
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
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.