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Lukashenko advises everyone to practice skiing, engage children in sport

MINSK ( BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has advised everyone to practice skiing and engage children in the sport. The head of state emphasized the importance of physical education and sports as he spoke to the media at the Minsk Ski Track 2023 sports festival in Raubichi on 25 February, BelTA has learned.

The president was asked to share his impressions of the ski track, and he said: “There is no better sport event in Belarus than our traditional amateur ski track. I advise you to try yourselves on skis here to get an understanding of the event. Especially in such weather conditions. That is when you will understand what it is to ski on this track, when the snow is wet, when the skis don't slip, when they slow down, and, above all, you have to shoot.”

The head of state noted that the weather was different at the start of the competition, and then it started raining and snowing. “It is the hardest thing to ski on fresh snow. Yesterday I came here to see the track and it was snowing heavily. Today's weather is still bearable compared to the yesterday's one,” he said.

Speaking about the significance of such sports festivals, the president stressed: “People understand that it is important to do sports.”

“Everyone should go skiing and take their children with them,” the head of state said. “You ski and your child follow you,” the president said, stressing that his sons do sports as well.

Speaking about the benefits of sports, Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “It is healthy, it means people get sick less. You will believe in the pandemic, various viruses less. And, in general, diseases will not bother you, especially young women who need to give birth to three and more children.”

The president hailed the Minsk Ski Track in Raubichi as a great sports festival.

The Belarusian president took part in the annual Minsk Ski Track sports festival at the Raubichi Winter Sports Olympic Center. The event featured biathlon relay races by different teams, including teams of top officials, law enforcement, government bodies, and amateur teams.