MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – The House of Handball was officially inaugurated in Minsk on 14 September, BelTA has learned.
“Minsk has recently become a host of important international events such as the European Games or The Match Europe v USA. The opening of the House of Handball is of great importance for the development of the Belarusian sport in general and handball in particular,” Belarus' Sport and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk said at the opening ceremony. He expressed confidence that a new sport facility on the map of the Belarusian capital would help the national handball make a quality step forward. “With their great victories in the international arena our handball players deserved such a facility,” the minister said.
Speaking at the event President of International Handball Federation Hassan Moustafa thanked Belarus for a warm welcome in Minsk. He wished the doors of the House of Handball to be always open for sport enthusiasts.
Secretary General of the European Handball Federation Martin Hausleitner stressed that the Belarusian Handball Federation is a full-fledged member of the continental and world's handball family. The Belarusian national teams and clubs take an active part in the most prestigious international competitions. He wished Belarus to have many high-class players and coaches thanks to the new House of Handball, which will help the country make a new step forward in sport development and make its fans happy with great results at the most prestigious tournaments.
Chairman of the Belarusian Handball Federation Vladimir Konoplyov said that the construction of the new sport facility required the consolidation of all the stakeholders, from the country's authorities to builders.
Young handball players were also greeted to the new House of Handball by First Deputy Head of the Belarus President's Administration Maksim Ryzhenkov, Minsk Mayor Anatoly Sivak, coach Spartak Mironovich, Olympic champions Aleksandr Karshakevich, Yuri Shevtsov, Konstantin Sharovarov, Andrei Barbashinsky, and six-time winner of the Champions League Sergei Rutenko.
The symbolic key to the House of Handball was handed to Director, well-known retired handball player Andrei Barviyuk.
The House of Handball was built as part of the public-private partnership project. Minskpromstroy was a general contractor. The center includes a handball court with the total area of 1,200 square meters and stands for 250 audience, a gym, a gymnastics hall, an administrative corps with shower rooms, locker rooms and rooms for coaches. The center will be used to train children's groups, host training camps and competitions of various levels.
Photos courtesy of Belarus' Sport and Tourism Ministry