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Katsiaryna Snytsina: I Totally Agree With American Saying "You're More Than Athlete"

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Katsiaryna Snytsina: I Totally Agree With American Saying "You're More Than Athlete"
KATSIARYNA SNYTSINA

The top basketball player has explained why one can't remain silent in Belarus at the moment.

The captain of the Belarus national women's basketball team, a prize-winner of the European championship-2007 and a participant of two Olympic Games, Katsiaryna Snytsina, spoke in her interview to tut.by about sport and balance.

- Does the sport help you to keep emotional balance?

- The sport helps to switch off from emotions for at least four hours a day and concentrate on the playground, combinations and "hit - run". The body gets tired during practice, but the head gets a rest. I am very lucky in this respect.

- Don't you envy the athletes who chose the position "sports outside politics" and managed to keep their emotional balance?

- Well, wait a minute, maybe now I'm emotionally healthier than they are. (Smiling). I would say that when I wrote my first post on Instagram about the events in Belarus in August, I breathed a sigh of relief. I do not know the emotional state of people who are silent, but I personally started to breathe freely.

The fact that so many of us live only by sports is not bad and even cool. Sports are really a 24/7 job. Personally I realized that I could not remain quiet in this situation and concentrate only on basketball. There's an expression from America that says "you're more than an athlete." And I completely agree with it.