Nikolai Alyokhin, the 1980 Moscow Olympic champion, the 1979 world champion in fencing, signed an open address of famous Belarusian athletes to the international and Belarusian public, BelTA learned from the press service of the NOC of Belarus.
“The address has already been signed by many Olympic champions. I decided not to stay aside, because we, the older generation, know the cost of the preparations for the Games very well, and we know how important the Olympic Games are for athletes. We should make our position known and defend it. Otherwise, there will be nothing left in the Belarusian sport tomorrow. This cannot be allowed,” Nikolai Alekhin stressed.
BelTA reported earlier that the open address had been supported by champions and prizewinners of the Olympic Games, many famous athletes. Representatives of many national teams are expected to sign the address.
European Games champion in wrestling in Baku and Minsk Vasilisa Marzalyuk put forward an initiative to address the International Olympic Committee on behalf of the Belarusian athletes at a meeting of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus on 17 November. The participants of the meeting agreed to endorse it if the initiative to address the IOC is supported by the majority of Belarusian sportsmen.