Pobediteley Avenue is one of the most sport-friendliest places in Minsk. This March it welcomed another landmark facility – the National Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Training Center.
The Palace of Rhythmic Gymnastics opened on Tuesday, 6 March.
While driving along the avenue one can see the billboards showing the Belarusian gymnasts saying “Dreams Come True!”.
It is not empty or lofty words for the Belarusian rhythmic gymnastics team, they finally got a new cozy home.
The project of the center was delayed for a long time, that’s why it is especially exciting to see it’s finished and ready to be exploited.
“I must admit the center is amazing. It is a gift to our athletes. Keeping in mind the space-limited old center, the size of the new one is impressive.
I am happy for the girls who train today. They will have everything necessary under one roof,” Olympic medalist Kseniya Sankovich said.
The unusual shape of the building, its walls creating the effect of waving gymnastic ribbons make the centre stand out from the neighbouring buildings.
At the entrance to the center there is a sculpture of gymnastic ribbons with a similar inscription “Dreams Come True! The place for forging new champions”.
The cost of the rhythmic gymnastics complex exceeds $27 million. It comprises:
- two large training rooms,
- two rooms for beginners,
- four choreography rooms,
- an aerobics room,
- a swimming pool,
- two saunas,
- a gym,
- a sunroom,
- a cafe,
- 18 hotel rooms,
- a cardio area,
- a physiotherapy room,
- a massage room,
- medical treatment,
- recreation rooms for athletes and coaches,
- and an administrative unit.
The opening ceremony was attended by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets, Olympic champions Alina Kabaeva of Russia and Marina Lobach of Belarus.
The president remarked that the centre has become a symbolic present for the gymnastics in the run-up to International Women’s Day.
“I think that the project to build this beautiful center is a good investment.
Less than a year ago we agreed to build such a beautiful and comfortable palace by 8 March for our girls, their parents, all those working in rhythmic gymnastics.
And we have done it. Thank you very much,” the head of state thanked the builders in particular.
Among other honored guests were chairperson of the Belarusian Gymnastics Association Yelena Skripel, famous Belarusian gymnasts, coaches and young athletes.