The mascot of the IV World University Speed Skating Championship will be the weasel called Alе́s’.

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The mascot of the IV World University Speed Skating Championship will be the weasel called Alе́s’. This amazing animal was chosen through the results of the Republican contest with the participation of students and pupils of the country.

The author of the drawing is a young Belarusian artist Anton Timashkov.

— Weasel is an animal which is quite typical for Belarusian fauna. This is a nimble and agile animal that moves by jumping a length of 25-30 cm.  Therefore this peculiarity can be associated with speed skating, — notes Anton. — In addition, the composition of its long and flexible body is very close to the esthetics of speed skating.

The mascot is designed with bright colors, where white is the main one. That is due to the fact, that weasel is a color-changing animal.  Andin preparation for the winter season changes its brownish color to the snow-white.

Such components as glasses and skates are also shown in the drawing. And finally, the scarf with a national ornament emphasizes  ethnic  origin of the mascot. Such scarves are often used as part of sports uniform of student-athletes.

In the wild the weasel is a true predator and its ability to capture the prey is really amazing. The author of the Championship’s mascot managed to combine in it such features astenacity of the weasel and friendliness and openness of the Belarusian people.

The name of the mascot Alе́s’is the Belarusian variant of the widely known around the world name Alexander (Aleksandr, Aleksanteri, Alessandro, Alejandro, Iskender, Sandor, Xandinho)

In Belarusian and Russian languages, the word “laska” (weasel) has also another meaning: “tenderness”.

We are waiting for you on the Belarusian land with tenderness!