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Lukashenko for reducing number of foreigners in Belarus’ team sports clubs

MINSK, 30 January (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko believes it is necessary to reduce the number of foreign players in the local team sports clubs. The head of state made this statement at the government session held on 29 January to discuss state support measures for sports organizations.

The relevant proposal was voiced at the meeting by Grodno Oblast Governor Semyon Shapiro. “The President agrees that there is a need to cut on their number in the local team sports clubs. This issue, however, should be addressed individually in the teams which show good results at international competitions,” the presidential press service said.

“There is one more thing: no foreign functionary in the clubs, be it coaches, their assistants, managers and so on. We have too many football and hockey players out of job. Do not we have our own specialists? Of course, they should understand they should work hard,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The Belarusian leader added that it did not pertain to national teams or, for instance, HC Dinamo Minsk that perform at the top level. However, they also should involve local specialists more.

Chairman of the State Control Committee Alexander Yakobson also spoke on the issue of involving foreign players: “Foreign nationals account for up to 30% of some local football clubs.”