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1 Mar 2018

Lukashenko, Kocijancic discuss preparations for 2nd European Games

Lukashenko, Kocijancic discuss preparations for 2nd European Games

MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – The preparations for the 2nd European Games were discussed at the meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Janez Kocijancic on 1 March, BelTA informs.

The head of state wanted the EOC head to share his opinion about Belarus’ preparations for the 2nd European Games in 2019. He wanted to know if the EOC official had any remarks and proposals. “Indeed, we need to discuss a number of things,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Janez Kocijancic remarked that the EOC is satisfied with the progress in the preparations for the forthcoming sports event. “Your people are doing their job very well. We are now in the final stage of the preparations. Both the organizing committee and professional workers are doing their best,” he stressed.

According to the EOC president, Belarus satisfied all expectations. “We knew it would be so because Belarus has a lot of experience in the organization of sports events,” Janez Kocijancic said.

He also congratulated the Belarusian side on the successful performance at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang. “The 15th place in the world is a great achievement. This testifies to a high development level of sport in Belarus,” the EOC head said.

The European Olympic Committees is an international organization uniting 50 national Olympic committees in Europe. It was founded in 1975 with the headquarters in Rome.

Its main goal is to promote the Olympic movement in Europe in accordance with the Olympic Charter. The EOC regularly holds European youth Olympic festivals and the European Games, starting from 2015.

Belarus was chosen to host the 2nd European Games in 2019 at the 45th session of the EOC General Assembly in October 2016. A corresponding agreement was signed on 1 September 2017.

The European Games will feature 15 sports: badminton, 3x3 basketball, boxing, wrestling(freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, women’s wrestling), cycling (track cycling and road bicycle racing), 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. 206 medal events will be held in 23 sport disciplines. There will be 12 sports venues.

It is expected that the European Games will be attended by about 4,000 athletes, 2,000 coaches and other representatives of official delegations from 50 European national Olympic committees. Besides, Belarus will welcome about 650 international and 410 national sports judges, about 1,000 representatives of foreign mass media, heads of European sports federations and agencies, workers of the EOC headquarters, heads of European NOCs, high-rankling officials from a number of countries.

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