Where to “cheer” and play sports in Minsk
Belarusians can often hear about themselves that they are a sports nation. However, the population is arguably not very interested in physical activity...
Sports grounds are empty most of the time; attendance of sports competitions and TV sports broadcasts ratings are poor with rare exceptions. However, Belarus president's passion for sports and overfunded sports industry from time to time allow Belarusian athletes to achieve impressive results at big international competitions such as the Olympics. But there is a downside of these successes: Belarusian sports' dependence on government funding hinders development of many sports due to funding abuse by sports officials. First of all, this applies to team sports - apart from big international wins, there were situations when sports clubs ceased to exist for financial or other reasons.