Alexander LUKASHENKO - NOC President
Alexander LUKASHENKO - NOC President
Alexander Lukashenko - President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko was born on 31 August 1954 in Kopys, Vitebsk region, Belarus.
Graduated from two higher educational establishments: Mogilev State University (1975) and the Belarusian Agricultural Academy (1985). Historian, economist.
In 1990 was elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet (Parliament) of the Republic of Belarus .
On 10 July 1994 was elected the President of the Republic of Belarus, having got 80 per cent of votes.
Due to his adherence to sport and great personal contribution to the development of the Olympic Movement, Alexander Lukashenko was elected the President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus on 15 May 1997.
His presidency has given impetus to national sports life. Central stadiums and Olympic sports complexes have been reconstructed, a lot of modern sports facilities have been created.
President's scholarships for athletes have been set up.
Ice-hockey, biathlon, football, athletics, boxing, rowing, tennis, weightlifting and other Olympic sports have received further development.
There have been created necessary sports facilities for promotion of mass physical culture, junior and youth sport, as well as for high level sport.
On his initiative international friendly matches and tournaments among active athletes and sports veterans in different sports are regularly held in the Republic of Belarus.
Among the most popular sport events in Belarus – the sambo tournament for the prizes of the President of Belarus and the ice-hockey Christmas tournament among sports veterans – members of ice-hockey teams from Russia, the USA, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Austria and other countries.
Alexander Lukashenko has initiated large-scale sports festivals which are annually arranged in all the regions of Belarus and have become traditional. Dozens of thousands of Belarusian citizens and NOC President in person take part in them.
NOC President has personally set up the sports club of ice-hockey veterans which joins all the amateurs of sport and healthy life-style. Thrice a week President practices hockey in the club.
On 27 March 2001 Alexander Lukashenko was reelected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus. In September 2001 Alexander Lukashenko was reelected President of the Republic of Belarus, having received a majority vote (75,65%)
At that time NOC President took the construction of the country’s first-rate sports facilities under his own control. Ice sports palaces were built in six regional centers of Belarus.
For development of athletics, large sports facilities were constructed in Brest and Mogilev.
NOC President supported the tennis team that reached the Davis Cup semifinal. Following his instructions, open air tennis courts were built.
NOC President initiated the construction of one of the most significant sports venues in Minsk – football field. It allowed the athletes to get ready for the competitions in winter.
In order to provide development of basketball, volleyball and handball in Brest, a team sports complex was constructed. Besides, a high-level shooting gallery was built there.
Alpine skiing is being developed as well. For this purpose, two alpine skiing centers have been set up in Minsk region (The project was supported and monitored by NOC President).
Moreover, the following high-scale sports objects were reconstructed: Sports Palace and Water Sports Palace in Minsk, stadiums in Vitebsk and Gomel.
On 25 November 2004 Alexander Lukashenko was unanimously reelected President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus.
He initiated the construction of the European largest rowing canal.
In March 2006 Alexander Lukashenko was reelected the Head of Belarus with 83% of votes.
On April 9, 2010 on annual meeting of Olympic Committee Alexander Lukashenko was elected the President of the National Olympic Committee once again.
Alexander Lukashenko has three children and five grandchildren.