Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented state awards to Belarusian weightlifters and their coaches. He congratulated the national team on the successful performance at the 2019 European Weightlifting Championships in Batumi, where Belarusian weightlifters clinched 19 medals. The Medal for Labor Merits was conferred on chief weightlifting coach of the national Olympic training center Staiki Valery Sizenok in recognition of his professionalism, significant sports achievements. Official letters of commendation from the Belarusian president were awarded to chief coaches Valentin Korotkin and Viktor Shershukov, athletes Gennady Laptev and Yevgeny Tikhontsov for the successful performance at the European Weightlifting Championships.