Star Ambassador Alexey Talai awarded for active promotion of MINSK 2019
August 02 2019

Today, Alexey Talai, an honoured Star Ambassador of the 2nd European Games 2019 and famous community activist, received a diploma for contributing to the promotion of Europe's major multisport event.

The awarding ceremony took place at the UNICEF Belarus office and featured Dr Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, the fund's representative in our country. The diploma was presented to Alexey Talai by Anatol Kotau, MEGOC Deputy Director.

"To me, it was a great honour to be a part of the team that organised the 2nd European Games 2019 at a very high level. I shared information, received a lot of positive feedback including gratitude to volunteers who showed how important and trustworthy they were at the Games. Also, I would like to thank UNICEF for their contribution to the event. It is true we share many interests and ideas about future cooperation for the good of our people", said Talai upon receiving the award.

Alexey Talai also received a certificate of appreciation from the UNICEF Belarus office for valuable contribution to promoting inclusiveness and sport for the good of development.

The well-known community activist and motivational coach Alexey Talai joined the team of Star Ambassadors shortly before the start of the 2nd European Games 2019. He was awarded a relevant certificate during the Bright Festival, a sports and culture event held at the Dynamo Stadium. It was then that Alexey expressed his willingness to support future MEGOC activities. Since then he has been actively promoting the Games via themed social media posts.

Alexey Talai’s activity upon joining the team of the 2nd European Games 2019 Star Ambassadors became an example of how a person once faced with difficult life circumstances can engage in an honourable volunteer mission. He lost all limbs and took up sport only after turning 30, yet he had some incredible results in such a short period of time. He became Master of Sports and joined the Paralympic swimming national team. As a motivational coach, Alexey Talai spoke at numerous events which were a huge success in Europe, North America and Asia. He is involved in charitable activities, too.

The fact that UNICEF participated in awarding Alexey Talai is rather symbolic, too. The fund's Belarus office is the Games non-commercial partner for social legacy. UNICEF encouraged all pre-Games and Games-time activities to be held in line with the principles of inclusiveness, youth participation and protection of children's fundamental rights. And well-educated volunteers – including those with mobility impairments – played a big part in that.

2nd European Games 2019 gave UNICEF an opportunity to attract public attention to protecting children's rights. UNICEF children's fan zones in 10 locations across the country were equipped in line with the principles of safety and inclusiveness: children, teenagers and their parents could all have a good time together as well as learn more about basic children’s rights and sustainable development goals.

Photo: Alexander Shelegov

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