The Olympic champion in handball, native of Oshmyan, Andrei Barbashinsky, the confidant of presidential candidate Alexander Lukashenko, met with the workers of the Smorgon Aggregate Plant. He told those gathered in the hall about himself, sports achievements, his civic position.

Today Andrei Barbashinsky is the Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Handball Federation. He is sincerely glad that a children's and youth sports school is working in his native Ashmyany, that it was named after Andrei Barbashinsky. Every year, in the small homeland of the Olympic champion, an international handball tournament among young men for the prizes of Andrei Barbashinsky is held.
- I am proud that I have the opportunity to popularize the city of Ashmyany not only in Belarus, but also abroad. The geography of the participants in the annual tournament is expanding every year. People come to us from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Moldova and other countries.


Continuing the theme of sports, Andrei Stanislavovich emphasized that all conditions for physical culture and sports have been created in Belarus. Schoolchildren have the opportunity to attend sports sections for free, study, develop and, upon achieving certain success, receive a reward for this. The guest has repeatedly stressed that he is proud that he is Belarusian and that he is going to raise children and grandchildren only in his native land.