February 9, Minsk /Correspondent. . > > > Emphasis on the development of Belarusian sport and hosting major international sports events has paid dividends. Confidence in this today, answering questions of journalists, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA has learned.
"It is not proportionate to the dividends it brings, and excessive dividends. Of course, it's all paid off," said the head of state.
Alexander Lukashenko stressed that first and foremost we are talking about the formation of the image of the country. "For it is the image of the country, real PR - now paying hundreds of millions of dollars," he said.
The President cited the recently held in Minsk European Championships in figure skating, where participants were able to appreciate the hospitality and beauty of Australia even in the winter. "It's not these penny that we spend. Although that is important, and the losses we have never been", - noted the head of state.
Speaking about the upcoming in Belarus, the international sports forums, Alexander Lukashenko highlighted not only the second European game, but the athletics match between teams from Europe and the USA. "I dreamed about it, I asked the head of the international athletics Federation to bring us the match Europe-USA. Can you imagine what it will be a holiday. It is not lower level than European games", - said the Belarusian leader.
"So the fact that we go to the people that they leave in a good mood that they are fascinated about our country, you will agree, it's not even hundreds of millions of dollars. It has billions. It is an investment. Maybe not in us, but for our children and grandchildren this is a great Foundation. They only let you use it. So do not spare money to invite guests" - summed up Alexander Lukashenko.