The delegates of 12 National Olympic Committees of the countries participating in the upcoming European Games, which will take place in the Belarusian capital from 21 to 30 June 2019, arrived in Minsk.
For two days, the MEGOC will hold a series of joint meetings with representatives of the NOCs of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Turkey, and the EOC experts. Delegates will also visit a number of sports venues, which will host the multisport event in 2019. In addition, they will observe the facilities of the Athletes’ Village.
George Katulin, CEO of MEGOC:
- I hope you will enjoy our hospitality and you totally prepared for intensive work during those two days. It is important to start our first NOC Open Day because you will open not only secrets of preparation but our passion. We are open and expect to receive the feedback from NOC officials because you are professionals, who take care of athletes remaining in the focus of the Games.
Pierce O’Callaghan, EOC Senior Consultant:
- I have been involved in the project of the European Games for almost 8 years since 2010, when the EOC set a working group to explore a crazy idea about if the European Games were possible. It took 2 or 3 years before we made the final conclusion. It became possible only after numerous discussions with NOCs’ representatives and athletes. The idea that was expressed more and more often told us that five Olympic rings were missed in Europe, but at the same time all other continents had such a big sporting event – Asian Games, Pan American Games, Pacific Games, etc. From EOC’s point of view, we were very happy to cooperate with Baku in 2015. It was a first step that turned out to be really successful. I’m sure that MEGOC will do its best to host such a prestigious event on a high level. So within these two days, we’ll have an opportunity to see what has been already done and to discuss all the areas of preparation for the 2nd European Games in Minsk.
The 2nd European Games will be held in Minsk from 21 to 30 June 2019 at 12 sports venues. More than 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete in 200 medal events in 15 sports. Competitions in 10 sports will be the qualification for the XXXI Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo (Japan).