The Belta state agency reported on Friday that Victor Lukashenko, the eldest son of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, was elected president of the Belarusian Olympic Committee to succeed his father.
According to Belta, two candidates for the Presidency of the Olympic Committee in Belarus have come forward, namely the current president of the country, Alexander Lukashenko, who has chaired the Belarusian Olympic Committee since 1997, and his eldest son Victor, First Vice President of the Belarusian Olympic Committee, who has been in the position since April 2019.
During a meeting of the Council of the Belarusian Olympic Committee today, Friday, Lukashenko Sr. announced his withdrawal in favor of his eldest son, so that Victor Lukashenko would be elected by acclamation as Chairman of the Committee.
Виктор Лукашенко с апреля 2019 года исполнял обязанности первого вице-президента НОК, а в ноябре того же года был избран Олимпийским собранием на этот пост. С мая 1997 года президентом являлся глава белорусского государства Александр Лукашенко.https: //t.SI/Iss
– БЕЛТА (@beltanews) February 26, 2021
This step comes after the International Olympic Committee’s decision last December to prevent Lukashenko and his son from participating in Olympic events due to “the Belarusian Olympic Committee targeting athletes because of their political views,” according to the description of the International Committee.
And the head of the International Olympic Committee, Germany, Thomas Bach, this week also raised the possibility of the Belarusian flag being banned from the Summer Games as a punishment.
Lukashenko said the father after congratulating his son Victor on his new position: “If that suits you, then I give you my oldest son and I promise you that there will be no theft, corruption or misappropriation of money.”
For his part, Victor said that the position of President of the National Olympic Committee places a great responsibility on him, expressing his hope that he, together with his colleagues, will be able to contribute to the development of sport in Belarus.
Source: belta.by + tass.ru