- Title: RUSSIA: SERGI BELOURUSOV WINS RUSSIA'S FOURTH HOT AIR BALLOONING CHAMPIONSHIP.
- Date: 12th June 1998
- Summary: VELIKIYE LUKI, RUSSIA (JUNE 11-12, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. CONTESTANTS LOOKING AT MAPS 2. TAKING OFF 3. FLYING/SHOTS FROM BALLOONS 4. BALLOONS LANDING 5. MATHIJS DE BRUIJN, CHAMPIONSHIP DIRECTOR SPEAKS: "LIFE IS DIFFERENT IN RUSSIA. LIFE IS MUCH MORE BASIC. THEY NEED TO GET THEIR CARS RUNNING BEFORE THEY CAN GO ANYWHERE. BUT OTHERWISE IT IS THE SAME AS EVERYWHERE ELSE. (ENGLISH) 6. AWARD CEREMONY 7. SERGEI BELORUSOV, WINNER, SAYING "THE COMPETITION WAS VERY TOUGH UNTIL THE VERY LAST DAY." (RUSSIAN) Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Reuters ID: LVA398FC6EISHKDQ079C6I8RHTUY
- Location: VELIKIYE LUKI, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:02:41
- Story Text: Russia's fourth open championship of hot air ballooning has finished with a win by Ukranian Sergei Belorusov.
Twenty two hot air balloons participated in the championship which finished on Friday (June 12) in the town of Velikiye Luki, 450 km west of Moscow.
Hot air ballooning is a sport yet to become popular in Russia.The Federation of Balloonists was founded only eight years ago and has held three open championships since then.
The foreign pilots who come to Russia often complain about impassable terrain, bad roads, lack of proper maps and communications.Russian pilots in their turn rarely go to the big international competitions because they lack the expertise necessary to qualify for them.
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