26 Mar 2019

Preparations for Minsk 2019 European Games on agenda for 3rd NOC Open Day

26 March 2019

The third National Olympic Committee (NOC) Open Day, a series of meetings designed to keep sports administrators abreast of preparations for the 2nd European Games, will take place over two days in Minsk, Belarus beginning Wednesday.

Chefs de Mission, Games Services Managers, Sports Directors and others from the 50 NOCs taking part at Minsk 2019 this 21-30 June will be briefed by the Minsk European Games Organising Committee (MEGOC) on a range of functional areas on Day 1. They include NOC relations and services, accommodation, transport, customs, catering and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

In the afternoon, the delegates will be given a tour of Minsk Arena, Dinamo Stadium, Chizhovka Arena and the Athletes’ Village, the latter of which will be housed inside the recently refurbished Minsk University residence hall. A highly sustainable Games, 11 of the 12 venues are preexisting, with only the 1,300-seat beach soccer facility needing to be built from scratch.

On Day 2, MEGOC will update the participants on security, medical services, doping control, ticketing, and information technology, among others, before being given a tour of the Belarusian capital, which was founded in 1067.

“With 87 days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the European Games in Minsk, this NOC Open Day will provide critical information to the participating NOCs,” said European Games Executive Director Simon Clegg.  “MEGOC continue to work extremely hard to prepare for the arrival of the best athletes in Europe and we are confident that Minsk 2019 will build on the successes of the 1st European Games in Baku in 2015, in particular in the lead up to Tokyo 2020.”

The European Games will feature over 4,000 of Europe’s best athletes competing in 15 Olympic and non-Olympic sports, many of which will act as qualifiers for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The lighting ceremony for the Minsk 2019 Flame of Peace will take place on 3 May in Rome, home of the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The Flame will be brought to the summit of Mont Blanc before travelling through Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland en route to Minsk for the Opening Ceremony on 21 June.

For more information on the 2nd edition of the European Games, please visit the MEGOC website.