Today, on June 19th, in the building of the NOC Belarus headquarters, a working meeting was held between the EHF’s Development and Education Manager, Tom Pedersen Smith and the NOC of Belarus.

The Belarusian side was represented by First Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus Andrei Astashevich, Head of the International Relations Department Vasily Yurchik and Chairman of the Public Association “Belarusian Hockey Federation” Alexander Yekimenko.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the issues of increasing the opportunities for upgrading the skills of Belarusian coaches and umpires, the allocation of sports equipment for children’s sports schools for hockey, as well as supporting the possible participation of the team of girls under 16 in the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

“A very important issue for us is the participation of our hockey team at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Our girls are the reserve team, if possible we would love if this team could participate.”said Andrei Astashevich.

Tom Pedersen-Smith thanked the Belarus NOC for the wonderful reception and noted that he would do his utmost to support Belarus Hockey in their ambitions of education and growth.

He also said that he is delighted to be at the Euro Asia Youth Festival “It is important that we continue to support the great work that has been done by Belarus Hockey over the past number of years. This Festival is a wonderful way to start Olympic week here in Europe! It is wonderful to see the young players learning all the important lessons of the spirit of the Olympics; move, learn, discover, as they play hockey, have fun and get some fantastic coaching from our KNHB coaches who are here to support us this week.”

Photo: Alexander Shelegov (c)