Volleyball in Belarus
It does not matter what kind of sport, athletes are proud of in every country. And if everyone has heard about football and hockey, as for volleyball, we will find out today. Belarusian Volleyball Federation, championships, division clubs and much more in this article.
Belarusian Volleyball Federation
Belarusian Volleyball Federation was founded on February 25, 1992. In the same year its became a member of the CEV (European Volleyball Confederation) and the FIVB (International Volleyball Federation), which allowed the national teams of the country to take part in the European and World Championships, and the club teams in European cups. Immediately, the federation began to hold a national championship.
Belarusian volleyball has brought up a galaxy of famous masters, whose game was the standard for many generations of athletes in the republic, and the best of them shone in the compositions of various USSR national teams in the international arena. Most of them were awarded the title of Master of Sports of the USSR, and I. Gorbatyuk, T. Stepanova, T. Shapovalova, N. Kozlova, I. Bryuzgin, A. Teterin, I. Yarkovenko and V. Alekno became international masters of sports.
Volleyball Championships of the Republic of Belarus
Since 1934 Championships are beginning to be held, and a year earlier the men's and women's teams of Minsk took part in the I USSR Championship, which in those years was called the All-Union Volleyball Holiday. Both of our teams took the last 5th place.
In 1938 it was decided to hold the USSR championships not among the national teams of cities within the framework of the All-Union volleyball holidays, but among the strongest teams of the DSO and departments.
Since 1950 the USSR Cup began to be played, all-Union and republican championships, championships of the DSO and departments were organized. The international calendar expanded.
The Minsk women's team “Kommunalnik” achieved the greatest success at the club level, which twice became the bronze medalist of the USSR championship in 1986 and 1987, and in 1987 became the owner of the European Volleyball Confederation Winners' Cup.
In 1978 one of the stages of the World Championship among women's teams took place in Minsk. The competition was well organized and highly praised by the International Volleyball Federation.
Beach Volleyball Championships
The first round of the beach volleyball championship of Belarus was held from 10 to 12 July. Three eventful days passed at the Luch stadium in Gomel.
Thanks to live broadcasts, all fans were able to enjoy the games, being in different parts of the country.
The Beach Volleyball Games for Children and Youth Sports Schools will be held from 5 to 7 August in Molodechno. Boys and girls born in 2005-2006 will take part in it.
Molodechno will also host the Olympic Youth Days in Beach Volleyball, in which boys and girls born in 2004-2005 will compete. The matches will be held from 10 to 12 August.
Young volleyball players born in 2003-2004 will go to Gomel for the Belarusian Beach Volleyball Championship. The competition will take place from 19 to 21 August.
National volleyball team
The women's national volleyball team of Belarus is a team that represents Belarus at international volleyball competitions. The first match was played on October 24, 1992. Highest achievement - 7th place at the European Championship (2017); they did not take part in the Olympic Games and in the final tournaments of the world championships. In the ranking of the International Volleyball Federation, it occupies 52nd place.
Division A. Women Clubs
The highest female club tournament of the country is gaining popularity in Belarus.
In 1999 the famous club "Belbiznesbank - BSEU" was founded. The club represented our country at the prestigious European Cups and from the very beginning of its activity was the leader of the Belarusian volleyball. In the seasons 2000/2001, 2003/2004, the club became the champion of the country. In 2006, it was renamed “Minchanka” and entered the structure of the volleyball club “Minsk”. From that moment on, the team "Minskanka" continues to represent the country on the world stage in volleyball.
The women's volleyball team in the city of Brest was created in 1991, and for twenty years it was called "Kovrovschik". The team took part in the First Championship of the BSSR of the 1991-1992 season. Since then, Brest volleyball players have taken part in all 27 Championships of Belarus. The first "stellar" period in the history of the team lasted 4 seasons (2000-2004), when the volleyball players won 4 Cups of Belarus and twice became champions of the country (2001/02 and 2002/03 seasons).
In December 2014, in accordance with the decision of the Brest City Executive Committee, the state institution "Volleyball Club Pribuzhie" was created.
The next successful stage - the team becomes the owner of the Cup of the Republic of Belarus in 2014 and 2015, the bronze medalist of the Championship of the Republic of Belarus in 2015, 2016.
At the moment, the team has 5 players of the youth national team U-18, who have repeatedly achieved high results in such competitions as: - Baltic Games (Bradenburg, Germany).
The volleyball team "Zhemchuzhiny Polesiya" was formed on July 17, 2006 on the basis of the children's and youth sports school "Zhemchuzhiny Polesiya".
Volleyball team head coaches:
• Kovaleva Tamara Borisovna (season 2006-2007);
• Volevach Vadim Ivanovich (season 2007-2008);
• Dubitsky Viktor Fedorovich (seasons from 2008 to 2012);
• Mikhail Mikhailovich Kovalenko (from 2012 to the present).
During the performance in the Cup of the Republic of Belarus, the team won bronze medals in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018. In 2013 and 2017, the team became the silver medalist of the Cup of the Republic of Belarus.
In 2015, the team won gold medals of the Championship of the Republic of Belarus, in 2016 and 2017 it was a silver medalist, in 2018 and 2019 - a bronze one.
Clubs in Division A. Men
Men's teams are also not far behind and give reasons for pride.
Volleyball club "Shakhtar" was founded in 1999. Thanks to the support of the management of Trest Shakhtospetsstroy, the team has made significant progress, going from a beginner to the champion of the country and the owner of all trophies in Belarus.
In just a few years, the club has made significant progress in the Belarusian championship. VC Shakhtar is a three-time champion of Belarus in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Soligorsk team is the owner of the Cup and Super Cup of Belarus 2018, 2019.
In the seasons 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 "Shakhtospetsstroy", as the team was called at that time, under the leadership of the head coach Alexander Poznekov, won bronze medals in the championship of the Republic of Belarus.
The Stroitel team was founded in 2006. Having entered the First League of the Belarusian Championship, the squad immediately won a ticket to the Higher League. In four years "Stroitel" has gone from a beginner in the Belarusian championship to a champion.
Today the Stroitel team is a 7-time champion of the Republic of Belarus, a 7-time winner of the Cup of the Republic of Belarus, took 3rd place in the Challenge Cup of the European Volleyball Confederation in 2015.
In the 2016-2017 season, Stroitel took second place at the Championship of the Republic of Belarus, losing to Shakhtar.
The Energia team was founded in Gomel in 2018. The backbone of the team was made up of the pupils of the Sports School with the same name. The sports school operates on the basis of the Gomelenergo enterprise. The guys have good training, they take the first places in almost all republican competitions. It is also important to support the management of Gomelenergo in the person of General Director Sergei Olegovich Bobovich.
The volleyball department has two clubs - "Energia" and "Energia-2", beach volleyball is developing in parallel. Dmitry Vasilyevich Likhorad works with the Energia team.
What is the difference between Division A and Division B?
There are two divisions in Belarus: the highest (A) and the lowest (B). At the end of the two tournaments, the bottom line is summed up: the two best clubs from Division B move to Division A, and the worst 2 clubs from Division A move to Division B.
Volleyball sports schools in Minsk
The best sports schools are rightfully considered:
• Athlete (Athletics arena SDYUSHOR);
• Children's and Youth Sports School of the Minsk Region;
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