The president of the NOC of Belarus praised the legendary athlete's significant contribution to the development of canoe sprint.
“You, an outstanding athlete, the first Belarusian Olympic champion, have done a lot for the development of canoe sprint in our country and strengthening of its prestige in the world. Your strong character, perseverance and unconquerable will to win has more than once helped you win national and international championships.
Today your knowledge and experience help promote physical education and mass sports in our country, help shape a healthy lifestyle,” the message of greetings reads.
Viktor Lukashenko wished Sergei Makarenko good health, every success and all the best.
First Belarusian champions