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Date set for 2019 European Games in Minsk

25 May 2017 [18:00] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Amina Nazarli

The second European Games, to be hosted by Minsk, Belarus, is scheduled for June 21-30.

The dates were confirmed during the 38th European Olympic Committees Seminar in Skopje, Macedonia, on May 20, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus reported

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk, while some competitions might begin on June 20, a day before the official opening of the European Games.

The Dinamo Stadium, currently under renovations, has previously been used by the Belarus national football team and hosted matches during the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics. The venue will host athletics competition.

The Minsk Arena will host the gymnastics competition, with acrobatic, artistic, rhythmic and trampolining competitions set to take place at the 15,000-seat venue.

Track cycling and badminton competitions will be held at the Velodrome during Minsk 2019, with the facility’s ice rink expected to be turned into a warm-up area. Road races and time trials will also take place at the Games, with both cycling events due to be held in the city.

Palova Arena, a 2,000-seat facility at the heart of the city, will stage 3×3 basketball competition.

Boxing will be held in the Uruchie Sports Palace, while freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling will be held at Chizhovka Arena. The multi-purpose venue will also host sambo competition.

Canoe sprint events will take place at the Zaslavl regatta course, which staged the Junior World Championships last year.

Karate and judo will be housed in the Sports Palace, while the National Olympic Committee of Belarus’ existing Olympic Sport Complex will host beach soccer and beach volleyball.

Sporting Club will host the shooting competition, while the Falcon Club and FC Minsk sport complex will stage table tennis and archery competitions respectively.

A total of 4,000 athletes and about 2,000 officials are expected to attend the second edition of the Games.

Belarus was announced the host country of the 2019 European Games during the 45th General Assembly of the European Olympic Committees on 20-22 October.

The first European Games was held in Azerbaijan on June 12-28, 2015. There were a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. Up to 6,000 athletes from 50 European countries represented their nations over 17 days of competition.


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