Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has presented state awards to people from across various walks of life, mothers who raised many children, as well as general’s straps to senior officers. The solemn ceremony took place at the Palace of Independence on 6 March.
The President congratulated Belarusian female athletes on their sweeping victories at the world and European championships. These victories were acknowledged through the Merited Master of Sport title. The Merited Master of Sport of the Republic of Belarus title went to athlete-sport instructor of the national team, member of the special forces unit of the Minsk City Police Department Tatsiana Matsko and athlete-sport instructor of the national team, coach of the team of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sviatlana Tsimashenka. An athlete-instructor of the national Sambo team Maryna Zharskaya and world champion in ski acrobatics Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya were also awarded.
“Perhaps the most rewarding mission for the President is to present awards to distinguished people, to be among those who make Belarus stronger and more beautiful by their daily work, and who make the life of Belarusians safer and richer,” the head of state said at the start of the event. The ceremony was traditionally held in the run-up to International Women's Day. This function is distinguished by its cordial and festive atmosphere. “This atmosphere is due to women, their smile, beauty and charm. The gloss and magnificence of the Palace of Independence are enhanced by the dress uniforms of our officers,” the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko gave his special thanks to women with many children, as they chose a difficult, but very important mission.
“Thank you for everything you do for the country and our people. In the run-up to this wonderful spring holiday I would like to give my warmest regards to women of our Belarus. Please, receive my sincere wishes of good health, happiness and wellbeing. I wish you the most important things – peace and wellness,” the head of state said addressing the attendees.
Photo: Sports and Tourism Ministry of the Republic of Belarus