Lukashenko: Victory is more important than participation in Olympics
10.07.2012MINSK, 10 July (BelTA) – Victory is the most important thing in Olympic Games, not participation, President of the National Olympic Committee, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko told the national team on behalf of the Belarusian nation at the solemn farewell ceremony for Belarusian sportsmen on the way to the summer Olympics in London. “I would like you to understand that anything can happen in sports, not only in Olympic Games. A person prepares all the reserves he or she has for Olympic Games. Therefore, only victory is possible. Victory is the most important thing, not participation. It is the instruction I give you on behalf of the Belarusian nation,” stressed the head of state. Alexander Lukashenko said he wanted the Olympic team to perform decently, to do what they can while leaving worries behind. “You should learn to safeguard yourselves against excessive pressure,” the President said. He also underlined that he treasures every success of sportsmen and performance of coaches. “The state has done everything for you. Win these awards and all the doors, including the door to the president, will be opened before you in our country,” added Alexander Lukashenko.
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