The headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus hosted a working meeting of the leadership of the NOC of Belarus and the Belarusian Sports Ministry with Elena Vyalbe, President of the Russian Ski Association, President of the Russian Cross-Country Skiing Federation, member of the Board of the International Skiing Federation (FIS).
The parties discussed cooperation in the development of ski sports. The agenda of the meeting included the organization of competitions as part of the winter sports season 2022-2023 amid the temporary ban of the Belarusian and Russian athletes from the international sports events; interaction on the joint training of the sports reserve, personnel; organization of joint training camps and competitions in Belarus and Russia.
A memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Belarusian Ski Union and the Russian Ski Association at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
“This is the first memorandum between the Belarusian Ski Union and the Russian Ski Association. It is a good time for the joint development of ski sports both in Belarus and Russia. We need to think about uniting and holding all kinds of joint events, including training camps. I gladly agreed to this proposal of our counterparts from Belarus. We discussed everything very quickly. I hope we will be useful to each other,” said Elena Vyalbe, the head of the Russian Ski Association.
According to her, cooperation is envisaged at the level of national teams, referees and competitions. “We definitely need to take part in competitions now, come up with all sorts of festivals and games. This is a step towards a more serious cooperation,” Elena Vyalbe added. In her words, cooperation has already been established. For example, the Russian national cross country skiing team are testing Belarusian rollerskis.
The Russian delegation was taken on a tour of the Olympic Museum of the NOC of Belarus.
Press service of the NOC of Belarus
Photos courtesy of the NOC of Belarus