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Belarus-Poland bid mooted for 2021 Universiade

Belarusian authorities are discussing launching a joint bid with Poland for the 2021 winter Universiade multi-sport event, according to the BelTA news agency.

BelTA said Belarus’s Deputy Education Minister, Viktor Yakzhik, and Director of the National Youth Physical Education and Sport Center, Valentina Balyabo, met with International University Sports Federation (FISU) officials during the ongoing 2015 winter Universiade, which is being co-hosted by the Spanish city of Granada and the Slovakian resort of Štrbské Pleso.

Yakzhik said Belarus has the capability of hosting competitions in the five compulsory sports of cross-country skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating, as well as two optional sports of speed skating and ski orienteering.

A proposal has been put forward to hold the remainder of the compulsory sports – Alpine skiing, snowboarding and curling – in neighbouring Poland. Polish authorities are said to have approved the co-hosting proposal.

The 2015 winter Universiade concludes on Saturday and will travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2017 before heading to Krasnoyarsk, Russia in 2019.