Alexander Lukashenko - President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko was born on 31 August 1954 in Kopys, Vitebsk region, Belarus.
Graduated from two higher education establishments: Mogilev State University (1975) and the Belarusian Agricultural Academy (1985). Historian, economist.
In 1990 was elected deputy of the Supreme Council (Parliament) of the Republic of Belarus .
On 10 July 1994 was elected President of the Republic of Belarus having got 80% of votes.
Due to his adherence to sport and great personal contribution to the development of the Olympic Movement, Alexander Lukashenko was elected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus on 15 May 1997.
His presidency gave impetus to the national sports life. Central stadiums and Olympic sports complexes were reconstructed, a lot of modern sports facilities were created. The President introduced scholarships for gifted athletes to support them. Ice-hockey, biathlon, football, athletics, boxing, rowing, tennis, weightlifting and other Olympic sports received further development.
There were created necessary sports facilities for promotion of mass physical culture, junior and youth sport, as well as for the high level sport in Belarus. Upon the President's initiative, international friendly matches and tournaments among active athletes and sports veterans in different sports are regularly held in the country.
Alexander Lukashenko has initiated large-scale sport festivals, which are annually arranged in all the regions of Belarus and have become traditional. Dozens of thousands of Belarusian citizens and the NOC President in person take part in them. Among the most popular sport events in Belarus are the sambo tournament for the prizes of the President of Belarus and the ice-hockey Christmas tournament among sports veterans – ice-hockey teams from Russia, the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Austria and other countries.
The NOC President personally set up the sport club of ice-hockey veterans uniting all the amateurs of sport and healthy lifestyle. Three a week the President practices hockey in the club.
On 27 March 2001 Alexander Lukashenko was reelected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. In September 2001 Alexander Lukashenko was reelected President of the Republic of Belarus, with a majority of votes received (75,65%)
That time the NOC President took the construction of the country’s first-class sports facilities under his own control. Ice sports palaces were built in six regional centers of Belarus. In order to develope athletics, large sports facilities were constructed in Brest and Mogilev.
Alexander Lukashenko also provided support to the tennis team, who reached the Davis Cup semifinal. Owing his instructions, open air tennis courts were built. Besides, the NOC President sanctioned the construction of one of the most significant sports venues in Minsk, the football arena, that allowed athletes to prepare for the competitions in winter. In addition, for sake of development of basketball, volleyball and handball in Brest, the playing sports complex start working, as well as the top-level shooting gallery.
Nowadays, alpine skiing is being developed as well. For this purpose, two alpine skiing centers have been set up in Minsk region. This project has been supported and now monitored by the NOC President.
Moreover, the following high-scale sports objects were reconstructed: Sports Palace and Water Sports Palace in Minsk, stadiums in Vitebsk and Gomel.
On 25 November 2004 Alexander Lukashenko was unanimously reelected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Soon he initiated the construction of the European largest rowing canal.
In March 2006 Alexander Lukashenko was reelected Head of State with 83% of votes.
On 9 April 2010, at the Olympic Assembly, Alexander Lukashenko was elected President of the National Olympic Committee once again. The same year, on 19 December, Lukashenko won presidential elections.
On 26 October 2012 Lukashenko was re-affirmed as the NOC Belarus President.
Five years years later, following the unanimous decision of the Olympic Assembly delegates, on 30 May 2017 Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected President of the NOC Belarus.
President Lukashenko serves as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Head of the Security Council of the Republic of Belarus.