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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Raubichi ready to host IBU European Open Biathlon Championships

The Raubichi Olympic Center is ready to host the IBU European Open Biathlon Championships instead of Estonian Otepaa, Director of the Raubichi Olympic Center Aleksandr Gagiev told BelTA.

“We are ready to host the IBU European Open Biathlon Championships but we have not yet given the official answer. The representatives of the International Biathlon Union, who inspected Raubichi the other day, were satisfied with what they saw and are ready to give us the right to hold this event,” Aleksandr Gagiev noted.

If Belarus agrees to host the event, the International Biathlon Union is ready to allocate funds to cover the expenses, Aleksandr Gagiev said. Furthermore the international federations are ready to postpone the IBU World Cup, which is to take place in Raubichi on 5-8 March.

“If we take the responsibility of hosting the European event, the IBU is ready to bring forward the IBU World Cup. It will start on 3 March rather than 5 March, as it was initially planned, and will end two days earlier. Regarding the financial expenses, the IBU is ready to allocate funds to cover our expenses. The most important thing which is required from us is to hold the snow. We have everything what is needed to hold the championships to a high standard,” Alexander Gagiev noted.

The IBU European Open Biathlon Championships 2020 should have started in Estonian Otepaa on 26 February. Due to the lack of snow in Estonia the International Biathlon Union is looking for other venues.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Belarus' tourism services export tops $250m in 2019

Belarus' export of tourism services in 2019 came at over $250 million, 114.% as against 2018, the Belarusian Sport and Tourism Ministry said at its final board meeting on 12 February, BelTA has learned.

The State Border Committee of Belarus reported that in 2019 Belarus saw more than 4.924 million foreign visitors.

Belarus has stepped up work to liberalize visa rules and promote inbound tourism. For example, since the visa-free travel program was launched (in line with the decree of 9 January 2017), more than 350,000 people from 70 countries have visited Belarus. In 2019 this number rose by 40.3% over 2018.

After the decree on visa-free travel of foreign citizens that united two separate visa-free areas into the Brest-Grodno visa-free area came into force, 31,000 tourists from 42 countries visited this region.

Moreover, Belarus took part in 15 international tourism expos, presented Belarus' travel opportunities abroad ten times, organized 14 tours for representatives of the travel industry of foreign countries, and held workshops and roundtables featuring international experts.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

CIS to discuss setting up base institutions to train scientific personnel in Minsk

A group of experts to harmonize draft provisions on CIS base institutions to train scientific personnel in physical and technical sciences will convene in the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk on 12-13 February, BelTA learned from the press service of the committee.

It is expected that Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences will acquire the status of a base institution to train scientific personnel in physical sciences, and the status of a base institution to train scientific personnel in physical and technical sciences will be given to Umarov Physical and Technical Institute in Tajikistan.

As base institutions, these institutes will offer training, retraining, and advanced training courses for researchers and university teachers, facilitate exchange of information about experience, innovations, and methodological support in these areas. They will also provide scientific, methodological, organizational, and consultative assistance in studying and teaching physical and technical sciences, carry out joint scientific research, hold international conferences, workshops, symposiums, and exhibitions.

The institutes will also be responsible for reviewing draft legal acts of the CIS that concern activities of base organizations, drawing up relevant reports, offering recommendations on harmonization and unification of legal acts, and exchanging legal acts.

Monday, 10 February 2020

Minsk in top three CIS cities with most interesting program for Fatherland Defenders Day

Minsk has made it into the top 3 CIS cities with the most interesting events and fireworks on the Fatherland Defenders Day (marked on 23 February) among Russian tourists, BelTA learned from the TurStat analytical agency.

“Russians prefer to spend the three-day break from 22 to 24 February traveling abroad,” the agency said.

In addition to Minsk, the top ten CIS cities with interesting tours on the Fatherland Defenders Day in 2020 also includes Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, Novorossiysk, Kerch, Tula, Volgograd, Murmansk and Smolensk.

The ranking takes into account the popularity and unique character of Fatherland Defenders Day events.

Friday, 07 February 2020

Athletes from 12 countries to compete at Minsk Triathlon 2020

Over 900 athletes from 12 countries have confirmed their participation in the Minsk Triathlon 2020 which is due in the Belarusian capital on 21 June, one of the organizers of the competitions, Ironman medalist, Chairman of the Council of the Tristyle Triathlon Club Dmitry Tolkachev told the media on 7 February, BelTA has learned.

“The project is gaining popularity. Registration was opened on 12 October 2019. Applications have been so far received from more than 900 athletes from 12 countries,” Dmitry Tolkachev said.

In his words, ten free training sessions will be held starting February to help athletes prepare for the competition.

According to Head of the physical education department of the Sports and Tourism Ministry of Belarus Piotr Voron, the ministry's team will also take part in the Minsk Triathlon 2020. “Our major goal is to build positive attitudes to sport in as many people as possible,” he said.

The Minsk Triathlon 2020 will feature three events: 1/8 Ironman (475m swimming + 22.5km cycling + 5.25km running), 1/4 Ironman (950m swimming + 45km cycling + 10.5km running), 1/2 Ironman (1900m swimming + 90km cycling + 21km running). Children under 13 years of age will be able to take part in the TriKids competition. They will face 500m running race. The Minsk Lady Run will feature a 3000m race. Be Yourself is the slogan of the Minsk Triathlon 2020.

The Minsk Triathlon 2020 is the biggest triathlon event in Belarus, which meets the Ironman international standards. The number of participants will make up 2,000 Belarusian and foreign athletes.

Triathlon is a multisport race that includes swimming, cycling and running.

The competitions are organized by the Sports and Tourism Ministry, Minsk City Hall, the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee, Minsk Cycling Club, and Tristyle Triathlon Club.

Thursday, 06 February 2020

Minsk Oblast is thanked by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus

On February 5, the pedagogical community of the country discussed development indicators in the field of education of the Republic of Belarus for 2019.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020

Minsk will host an event dedicated to the Day of Youth Law Enforcement Squads

On February 6, representatives of the YLES of Minsk Oblast will take part in the regional event “EMERCOM. BRSM. SECURITY ”, dedicated to the Day of Youth Law Enforcement Squads.

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

Ministerial consultations in Minsk to discuss CIS cooperation plans

Ministerial consultations “On cooperation in the CIS in 2020” will take place at the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States in Minsk on 6-7 February, BelTA learned from the press service of the committee.

Representatives of the foreign ministries will discuss ways to promote cooperation in the CIS. They will also take stock of the progress made in implementing the plan of multi-level ministerial consultations in 2019 and discuss a similar draft plan for 2020.

Monday, 03 February 2020

Minsk Oblast, Tajikistan trade up 58% in 2019

The trade between Minsk Oblast and Tajikistan expanded by almost 58% in 2019, BelTA learned from Head of the International Relations Department of the Economy Committee of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Anna Dashkova.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Reconstruction of several highways planned in Minsk Oblast

This year they plan to complete the reconstruction of the P53 road from the Mound of Glory to Smolevichi, and road services will also begin similar work on the P23 highway from Slutsk to Salihorsk.