London 2012 - Lukashenko blasts Belarus flops

Outspoken President Alexander Lukashenko hit out at Belarus sports bosses on Friday for the country's "complete failure" at the 2012 London Olympics.

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"Belarus people will no longer tolerate such a disastrous showing," authoritarian Lukashenko, who also serves as president of the Belarus Olympic committee, told delegates at the annual BOC convention.

"The performance of our Olympic team in Britain this summer was a complete failure," he said, referring to a total of 12 medals, two of them gold.

"Only 12 medals out of the 25 that you had promised us - it is a noticeable step back compared to what we had achieved (at the 2008 Olympics) in Beijing."

Belarus ended up 26th in the overall Olympic medal standings in London after shot putter Nadezhda Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

Ostapchuk, 31, was handed a one-year ban by the Belarus anti-doping agency last month.

In Beijing, the former Soviet state had their largest-ever medal haul - winning 19 medals, four of them gold.

"Our team should be in the top three (medal-winning nations) instead of finishing in 30th or 26th place," said Lukashenko, alienated by the West who have punished his lack of tolerance for dissent with sanctions.

"I think those who are responsible for our performance in London should resign."

Last week, Lukashenko, an avid sports fan, blasted his national soccer team following a 4-0 home thrashing by world and European champions Spain in this month's World Cup qualifier.

"I've never seen such a disgrace for our nation," he said.

"Our team, excuse my language, just shit themselves. They came out on the pitch with their legs and arms shaking."

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