Baku. 25 May. REPORT.AZ/ 16 sport branches included in the program of 2nd European Games to be held in Minsk in 2019. Report informs, the Organization Committee of the Games stated.
It was noted that unlike first Games organized in Baku in 2015, the main place will be given to athletics. This time the higher rank athletes will perform instead of low division countries.
On the other hand, 2nd European Games will exclude fencing, beach soccer, taekwondo, triathlon and water sports. Thus the Games’ program, beside athletics, will include badminton, streetball (basketball 3x3), boxing, wrestling, table tennis, karate, archery, beach volleyball, cycling, sambo, rowing, shooting and gymnastics. It was planned to include also weightlifting in the program. However, this branch was excluded at the last moment. Competitions in gymnastics, wrestling, as well as all other branches, excluding non-Olympic sports, will bear a character of licensing for Summer Olympic Games.
More than 4000 athletes and about 2000 officials are planned to attend Minsk for the Games. Athletes will be accommodated in student village. The Games will take place during June 21-30. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at Dynamo Stadium. “Minsk 2019” will be organized under the slogan “Bright You”, abbreviate of which means BY (Belarus).
European Olympic Committee will meet travel cost of athletes and officials. The Organization Committee will provide accommodation in Minsk.