The National Olympic Committee of Belarus hosted a ceremony in its headquarters to award the winners of the Razam z Kamandai! [Together with the Team] campaign on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April 2022.
The event was covered on the Instagram official page of the NOC of Belarus and was attended by more than 2,000 fans who supported the Belarusian athletes at the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
Representatives from different regions of the country came to Minsk for the ceremony. The winners were given a tour of the exhibition of the NOC of Belarus.
The winners received souvenirs with the Beijing Winter Games logo, Faster! Higher! Stronger! atlases and the photo album “30 years of the NOC of Belarus”.
The gifts were presented by famous athletes: 2018 Games champion Dzinara Alimbekava, Olympic medalists Anton Smolski and Alina Harnasko, 2020 European Championships medalist Maryna Zuyeva.
Beijing Olympics silver medalist Anton Smolski and Pyeongchang Olympics champion Dzinara Alimbekava donated their sports equipment to the museum of the NOC of Belarus.
Anton Smolski also left an autograph on his photo in the NOC of Belarus.
The campaign was open to everyone. In order to take part in it, one needed to take a photo or make a video against the background of a sports facility or with the items associated with the Olympic movement and winter sports, write warm wishes to the Belarusian athletes, and use the official hashtags of the campaign: #Chasperamog, #TeamBY2022 (all the points for the participation in the campaign were mandatory).
Inessa Karpina, Director of School No. 21, commented after the awards ceremony on how important and necessary such events are:
“Our school was super happy to learn about the victory in the Razam z Kamandai! campaign. I would like to express gratitude from all our children who came to the NOC of Belarus today for the opportunity to see and touch the sports history of our country. Today the children met with our Olympians, the real heroes who are just like them, who have achieved everything through their hard work. Today we got a chance to communicate with our athletes face-to-face. They gave a lot of important and useful advice to children who made the main conclusions, which were not to stay online for long, do more sports, love parents and the country. We liked the tour of the NOC of Belarus very much. There is a good interactive zone in the NOC, and everyone could feel like real athletes. Many thanks to the Olympic Committee for this day,” said Inessa Karpina.
Emilia Karpovich from Minsk got to the National Olympic Committee for the first time and shared her impressions:
“I liked the event very much! I saw all the Olympians. I heard their sincere answers to different questions. It was great to know their opinion, as I am an athlete myself and do ballroom dancing. Communication with the Olympians was really interesting. I will surely come again,” said Emilia.
Dear fans! Thank you for participating in this challenge. Your support helped and encouraged our athletes in Beijing. We will continue doing our best to make you happy with interesting activities and contests.
On 23 August 2013, the UN General Assembly unanimously decided to observe 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to celebrate sport that helps achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Sport fosters peace and development and contributes to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding.
As a tool for education, development and peace, sport fosters cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding and social inclusion at the local, national and international levels. Its major values, such as team spirit, honesty, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are accepted worldwide and can be used to promote solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
The United Nations invites all states, organizations of the UN system, and especially the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, as well as international, regional and national sports organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and all other stakeholders, to celebrate and promote awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
Press service of the NOC of Belarus
Photos courtesy of the NOC of Belarus