“An organizing committee led by the prime minister, various subcommittees, and the Directorate of the European Games have been set up. Various groups of experts, consultants already arrive in Belarus to discuss the preparations for the European Games in detail,” Alexander Lukashenko stressed.
During the visit to the construction site of the Student Village the Belarusian head of government was briefed on the progress made in the construction of its biggest dormitory. The 25-storeyed building being built in Dzerzhinskogo Avenue is designed to accommodate 1,800 people.
The fact that licenses for the Tokyo Olympics will be awarded in Belarus will be an important factor for many athletes. The opportunity will be available for several kinds of sport during the Second European Games. Participants will be better motivated to achieve excellent results, including Belarusian athletes.
The official said: “Despite the experience accumulated in the course of various international competitions the organizers of the 2019 European Games are in for serious trials. Belarus has never hosted an event this large."
The European Games in Minsk will not yield to the world's largest sports forums in terms of scale and organization, Acting President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Janez Kocijancic told the media.
Minsk is in a high degree of preparedness for the Second European Games, Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets told the media after the ceremony to sign a contract on holding the Second European Games in Minsk in 2019.
Several sport disciplines will be held as qualifiers for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. These are badminton, boxing, cycling, canoeing and kayaking, judo, karate, athletics, archery, shooting, and table tennis.
Progress in preparing an expanded-participation session of the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus was reviewed. A report on various aspects of preparing Minsk's power supply system for the 2019 European Games was presented.