Aleksandr Lukashenko is the President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Aleksandr Lukashenko was born on 31 August 1954 in Kopys, Vitebsk region, Belarus.
Graduated from two higher education establishments: the Mogilev State University (1975) and the Belarusian Agricultural Academy (1985). Historian, economist.
In 1990 Aleksandr Lukashenko was elected deputy of the Supreme Council (Parliament) of the Republic of Belarus.
On 10 July 1994 he was elected President of the Republic of Belarus after winning 80% of votes.
Due to his adherence to sport and great personal contribution to the development of the Olympic Movement, Aleksandr 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 built. The President introduced scholarships for gifted athletes to support them. Ice-hockey, biathlon, football, athletics, boxing, rowing, tennis, weightlifting and other Olympic sports gained further momentum.
A number of athletic facilities were built to promote sports for all, junior and youth sport, and serve for the purposes of high-level sports 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.
Aleksandr 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 personally 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 Christmas ice-hockey tournament among sports veterans, including 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 sports and healthy lifestyle. Three times a week the President plays hockey in the club.
On 27 March 2001 Aleksandr Lukashenko was reelected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. In September 2001 Aleksandr Lukashenko was reelected President of the Republic of Belarus with a 75,65% majority of votes.
After the reelection, 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 promote athletics, large sports facilities were constructed in Brest and Mogilev.
Aleksandr Lukashenko also provided support to the tennis team, who reached the Davis Cup semifinal. On his instructions, open air tennis courts were built. Besides, the NOC President approved 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, with a view to developing basketball, volleyball and handball a facility for playing sports was commissioned in Brest along with a top-level shooting gallery.
Nowadays, alpine skiing is being developed as well. For this purpose, two alpine skiing centers have been set up in the Minsk region. This project has been supported and is now monitored by the NOC President.
Additionally, the following large-scale sports objects were reconstructed: Sports Palace and Water Sports Palace in Minsk, stadiums in Vitebsk and Gomel.
On 25 November 2004 Aleksandr Lukashenko was unanimously reelected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. Soon after that he initiated the construction of Europe's largest rowing canal.
In March 2006 Aleksandr Lukashenko was reelected Head of State with 83% of votes.
On 9 April 2010, at the Olympic Assembly, Aleksandr 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 Aleksandr 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.