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European Games MINSK 2019

The 2nd European Games MINSK 2019 will take place in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, from 21 to 30 June 2019. The continent's biggest sports forum will feature more than 4,000 athletes from 50 countries who will compete for 200 sets of medals in 15 sports (23 disciplines) and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics berths.

Team Belarus showed good results at the 1st European Games in Baku in 2015 finishing 7th in the overall medal standings with 43 medals (10 gold, 11 silver and 22 bronze).

Minsk is the host city of the 2nd European Games

Decision to award Belarus the right to host the 2nd European Games was taken on 21 October 2016 following the voting of delegates from 50 countries at the 45th meeting of the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in Minsk.

The arguments in favor of Minsk included a well-developed sports infrastructure, extensive experience in hosting high-level international competitions, qualified specialists and, of course, support from the NOC head, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko.

“The European Games will be a good opportunity to test strength ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics and will help unite the spirit of European athletes,” said EOC President Janez Kocijancic who immediately visited Belarus after being appointed the head of this influential sports organization.

The contract to conduct the European Games outlining the basic principles of the forum was signed by Minsk Mayor Office and the EOC Executive Committee on 1 September 2017. It stipulates the information on tickets, accreditation, accommodation, the opening and closing ceremonies.


At the meeting in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on 20 May 2017 the EOC Executive Committee approved the date of the 2nd European Games in Minsk: the opening ceremony will be held on 21 June, and the competitions will be running from 21 to 30 June 2019. Tickets for the 2nd European Games went on sale on 1 December 2018.

Flame of Peace torch relay

The Flame of Peace torch relay started in Rome on 3 May with the lighting ceremony of the 2nd European Games flame to last for 50 days. The flame was taken to Europe’s highest mountain Mont Blanc, and also to Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland. On 12 May, the torch arrived in Brest, Belarus to be carried through 60 localities of the country. The entire route of the torch relay will make up 7,700km.

The 2nd European Games torch will be carried by 450 people, including outstanding athletes, journalists, scientists, politicians, cultural, art and public figures. The final destination of the Flame of Peace relay will be Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. The flame will be brought to the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2nd European Games on 21 June.


Directorate of the Second European Games received a record high number of applications from the federations in 43 sports. However, the organizers decided to make the maximum use of the existing infrastructure and to hold competitions in the most popular sports.

The 2019 European Games will feature 15 sports: badminton, 3x3 basketball, boxing, wrestling (freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, women’s wrestling), cycling (track and road), gymnastics (artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatics, aerobics, and trampoline), rowing (kayak and canoe competitions), judo, karate, track and field athletics, sambo, archery, shooting (including clay target shooting), table tennis, and beach football.

Eight sports will offer qualifications for the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo: cycling, rowing and canoeing, karate, athletics, archery, rifle and shotgun shooting, table tennis,  3x3 basketball except for gymnastics and wrestling (selection will be held separately) and the sports not yet included in the Olympic program (sambo and beach football). Boxing and judo competitions will be held in the rank of the European Championships.

Athletics, one of the most spectacular sports, will be presented at the European Games in the new mixed gender team-based format. The competitions will feature 24 teams (over 20 athletes, both men and women, on every team). The engaging new format will include 9 events, with a focus on the key concepts of athletics: running, jumping and throwing. There will be up to 30 mixed gender teams, made up of approximately 23 male and female athletes (including reserves), competing in a knock-out format over five days.

2nd European Games schedule


In January 2017 Minsk hosted the Inspection Commission led by EOC Sport Director Pierce O’Callaghan who came to examine the preparedness of the Belarusian capital for the 2019 European Games. After checking all the arenas, hotels and the Student Village the specialists noted that Minsk was 100% ready for the upcoming forum.

The venues of the 2019 European Games:

  • Minsk Arena (artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatics, aerobics and trampoline; track cycling)
  • Dinamo Stadium (athletics; the opening and closing ceremonies)
  • Chizhovka Arena (judo, karate)
  • Sports Palace (sambo, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, women's wrestling)
  • Olympiysky Sports and Recreation Center (beach soccer, archery)
  • Falcon Club sports and entertainment center (badminton)
  • Sporting Club sports and shooting center (skeet shooting)
  • Marshal Timoshenko Sports and Shooting Center (gun shooting)
  • Palova Arena (3x3 basketball)
  • Tennis Palace (table tennis)
  • Uruchye sports center (boxing)
  • Rowing canal in Zaslavl (rowing and canoeing)
  • Minsk Football Indoor Center (press center)

Symbols and mascot

The forthcoming 2nd European Games will be held under the motto Bright Year, Bright You. Belarus presented the motto at the meeting of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in Skopje on 21 May 2017. Another slogan, The Time of Great Victories, will also be used in Russian and Belarusian.

The logo of the 2nd European Games has been inspired by the slogan “Follow Your Dream”. In Belarus, there is a legend about a fern flower. The one who will find the flower on Kupala Night will have all his wishes and dreams come true. The athletes from all over Europe who will gather in Minsk in June 2019 will follow their dream to become a champion.

Lesik the Fox has been announced as the official mascot for the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019.

Star Ambassadors of 2nd European Games MINSK 2019

Star ambassadors will attract public attention to the games, promote and build a positive image of the upcoming event in Belarus and abroad. Outstanding personalities from the world of sports, arts and culture will popularize sports included in the program of the 2nd European Games.

Star Ambassadors of the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019:

  • Four-time Olympic champion, Hero of Belarus Darya Domracheva
  • Famous circus animal tamers brothers Askold and Edgard Zapashny
  • Olympic canoeing champion Aleksandr Bogdanovich
  • Belarusian marathoner Volha Mazuronak
  • Three-time Olympic wrestling champion Aleksandr Medved
  • Blogger and TV presenter Anna Bond
  • Pianist and conductor, artistic director of the International Yuri Bashmet Festival Rostislav Krimer
  • UNICEF representative in Belarus Rashed Mustafa Sarwar
  • Singer Ani Lorak
  • Miss Belarus 2018, Miss World Europe 2018 Maria Vasilevich
  • Honored master of sports, five-time Olympic medalist in fencing Aleksandr Romankov
  • Belarusian pop singer and composer Ruslan Alekhno
  • Olympic champion in figure skating Alexei Yagudin
  • Five-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion, two-time European champion and many-time USSR champion Nellie Kim.

Visa-free program during 2nd European Games MINSK 2019

In 2018 Belarus launched a thirty-day visa-free program for citizens of 74 countries entering Belarus via Minsk National Airport. The government also set in motion a visa-free program with different periods of stay for nationals of several countries that can enter Belarus through any border checkpoint.

The organizers will offer even more convenient conditions during the European Games similar to the visa-free travel during the 2014 IIHF World Championship. Belarus will grant visa-free entry for the participants, officials and organizers of the games and other specialists as from 20 May  2019 and  fans starting 10 June.

The competitions will last for almost two weeks. The government will extend the duration of visa-free stay for the European Games participants and guests till 10 July 2019. Foreign tourists will have an opportunity to support their athletes and visit Belarusian landmarks.

Minsk Guest Card has been designed for tourists coming to the Belarusian capital. It is basically a tourist program which provides discounts and bonuses for museums, shopping centers, restaurants, and cafes. A special edition of Minsk Guest Card will be offered for the European Games. It will include proposals of special interest to athletes and fans.

Various maps, guidebooks, and pocket encyclopedias are available in retail. Belarusian travel agencies are busy developing new excursions programs to every taste and budget.

Minsk transport infrastructure

In the buildup to the 2nd European Games 2019 Minsk has upgraded its bus and trolleybus fleets and developed an integral public transport lane system. In 2018-2019 the Belarusian capital launched around 80 electric buses that recharge in five minutes and last for 13 miles (saving up to 14% in energy costs).

A comprehensive plan of transport services has been developed in Minsk ahead of the 2nd European Games. It is based on the experience of the hosts of the previous Olympics and the First European Games: Beijing, London, and Baku. The idea is to ensure a 30-minute travel to any sports facility in the capital.

Check out how the transport with European Games MINSK 2019 logos look like!

Accommodation: hotels and Athletes Village

According to the preliminary data, Minsk will host at least 30,000 tourists and about 10,000 guests, including 4,000 athletes, 2,000 judges, 1,000 journalists, 3,000 official representatives of the European Olympic Committees, VIPs, and support staff.

The memorandum to cap hotel prices during the 2nd European Games 2019 will secure comfortable conditions for guests. Budget hotels will envisage a package of services, including accommodation, transfer, catering, and rental of football pitches, skating stadiums, ice rinks and cycling tracks.

During the 2014 IIHF World Championship many fans lived in the fan village in Dzerzhinskogo Avenue. Plans have been made to use the fan village during the 2019 European Games. However, this time it will be used as the Athletes Village. It will accommodate over 6,500 members of official delegations and participants of the games.

A 25-storied dormitory for 1,800 people opened in the Minsk Students Village in December 2018. The entire student compound is designed to accommodate 8,740 people.

The Students Village also includes a catering pavilion for the official participants of the competitions. With the area of 5,500m2 it is designed to seat 2,000 people and is divided in two units. One of them hosts a dining and a 60m food service line. It will offer grill dishes, European cuisine dishes, pizza, pasta, Belarusian cuisine, Halal and kosher food, dietary and vegetarian dishes. The second unit will be open 24/7 and will offer cold and hot drinks, snacks. The catering program also includes Asian cuisine dishes: miso soup, noodles, and so on. The dining room is connected by a production tunnel with the kitchen which will will be temporarily located at the Ice Palace (its area is 4,500m2).

Volunteers at 2nd European Games MINSK 2019

The registration of volunteers for the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019 kicked off in 2017 to last through 1 April 2019. The candidates must speak foreign languages and know the specifics of different sports. Over 9,000 applications had been submitted by July 2018, a year before the official start of the games, including from the United States, Australia, Mexico and Egypt.

About 8,000 volunteers will be recruited to work at 11 sports venues. Volunteers will receive training in various fields, including language courses and organizational programs, sports and team escort specifics. The organizers have developed a special plan of training events.

Media accreditation, information partners, TV broadcasting

Spain’s International Sports Broadcasting SL has been chosen to stream the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019 events and competition program in Minsk.

Ticketpro has been named the official ticket operator to work in tandem with the 2nd European Games travel agency Tsentrkurort. The national partner to secure innovative solutions and the construction of the technical infrastructure for the forthcoming games is Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).

Kesher-Faktor, a company from Israel, will be a foreign partner of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2nd European Games MINSK 2019. The company has extensive experience in running large-scale international events.

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