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27 Aug 2019

Opinion: Match Europe v USA will be a big event in the world sport arena

Opinion: Match Europe v USA will be a big event in the world sport arena

MINSK, 27 August (BelTA) – The Match Europe v USA will receive wide coverage in the world sport arena, Chairman of the Belarusian Athletics Federation Vadim Devyatovsky told a press conference on 27 August, BelTA has learned.

“The Match Europe v USA in Minsk is a big present for Belarusian athletes. Here the history of the match will be written. Many people remember the historical match between the USSR and the United States. Both journalists and fans are showing interest in the upcoming competitions. I think that the forthcoming match will receive wide coverage in the world sport arena,” Vadim Devyatovsky said. He added that fans from about 20 countries are buying tickets and want to come to Minsk.

Belarusian Sports and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk pointed out that 2019 has been full of important sport events in Belarus. The 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 and the forthcoming Match Europe v USA will be the top ones. “European athletes occupy leading positions in the world track and field athletics. They win over 50% of medals of various grades at international competitions but we also know that American athletes are strong. No Olympics pass without their triumphant victories. The composition of the teams will be most serious during these competitions,” Sergei Kovalchuk said.

The Match Europe v USA is due to take place at Minsk’s Dinamo Stadium on 9-10 September. It is expected to feature some 350 athletes. The competitions will include hammer throw, javelin throw, discus throw, 100 meters, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 200 meters, 400 meters, 400m hurdles, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 3,000 meters steeplechase, 4x100 meters relay, mixed relay (200-200-400-800 meters), shot put, triple jump, high jump, long jump, pole vault.

The rights to broadcast the event have already been acquired by Belarus 5, Czech TV (the Czech Republic), DR (Denmark), YLE (Finland), France TV (France), BBC (the UK), MTV (Hungary), LT (Lithuania), TVP (Poland), RTS (Serbia), SR (Sweden), NBC (the United States).

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