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Sport in Belarus

Belarus was part of the former USSR and has been very active in sports and has been participating in international competitions and the Olympics since the early 50’s. It is hard to choose what sport is the favorite among the Belarusian because they love so many. But in general, they love ice-hockey, athletics, wrestling, football tennis and swimming.

Traditionally, Belarusians love board games like chess and checkers but they have moved on to more “active” sports like ice-hockey and football. Ice-hockey is one sport that they do very well and in international competitions including the Olympics.

In 1952, Belarus first participated in the Olympics as part of the former USSR. After it was disbanded, Belarus became part of the four country coalition called the Unified Team that joined in the 1992 Winter Olympics in France.

Belarus first competed as an independent state in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. From 1952 all the way to 2006, 168 Belarusian athletes took home 200 Olympic medals. There are simply too many names to mention when it comes to Olympic medals but in the 2012 London Olympics, Sergei Martynov won the gold for the men’s 50m rifle shooting (prone) and the another gold for Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka took it home in the mixed doubles for tennis.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Belarus, formerly part of the USSR. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.

Popular sports of Belarus

Belarus Sporting Success

Great athletes from Belarus

Belarus Sports trivia

Belarus at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Belarus

Upcoming sporting events in Belarus

Annual sporting events held in Belarus

Sporting Facilities in Belarus

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