Not far off – the II European games 2019 in Minsk. At a republican seminar journalists of regional media learned how does preparation for the most sign event for the whole country go.
As the deputy director of Directorate of the II European Games of 2019 Fund Anatoly Kotov noted, until recently only in Europe there were no continental Olympic Games. For the first time it came about it in Minsk at a meeting of executive committee of the European Olympic committees with participation of the President 8 years ago. The idea got support a year later on the General Assembly of EOK in Rome. In the 2015th Baku met the I European games. And in 2016 at the 45th meeting of General Assembly of the European Olympic committees Belarus was called the country hostess of the second multisports forum. The relay "A world flame" will precede it. On May 3 fire of the European games will be lit in Rome in the museum "World Altar". Then it will be lifted on Mount Mont Blanc. The route of a "fiery" marathon will lie over 6 countries of Europe. From May 12 to June 21 450 famous torchbearers will carry by a flame on all corners of our country. On May 18 fire will arrive to the August canal, next day the baton to the Grodno district will pass in APO Progress-Vertelishki. And on June 21 the flame will light the Olympic bowl at Dynamo stadium.
4,022 athletes from 50 European countries and the Faroe Islands will award 199 sets of medals in 15 sports. For judoists, karatekas, athletes, representatives of firing, badminton, cycling, table tennis and archery of a competition will become a step on the way to the XXXII summer Olympic Games of 2020 to Tokyo. Among candidates for participation in EG-2019 – athletes from the Grodno district: Svetlana Lomashevich (free-style wrestling) and beach football player Oleg Gapon.
The slogan "Bright year, bright you!" and a naughty young fox Lesik – the character of the fairy tale "Little Prince" will inspire participants on achievements. It is chosen as a mascot not accidentally. When the little prince departed to the rose, the young fox became gloomy. All his thoughts were how to find new friends. Once the kid heard that in Belarus the magic flower of a fern blossoms in the shortest July night. Then the young fox went to Blue-eyed to find him in the depth of a forest thicket and to grant the treasured desire. As well as Lesik, the best athletes of the Old World will arrive to Minsk for the dream – to defeat rivals and themselves. And good luck to them will be brought by a logo of competitions – the fern flower reminding plumes of the Olympic flame.
The cheapest tickets for the European games cost 5 rubles. Admirers of basketball 3х3 and beach soccer will pay 50 rubles to get for the final. Do you want to see grandiose opening of a sports forum? Then it is necessary to fork up for the sum from 150 to 300 rubles. Once subjects hurry who is interested in beach soccer, cycle races and gymnastics. And differently it is necessary to watch performances of the athletes on TV. By the way, it is planned that they will be broadcasted in 160 countries of the world.
380,000 people will be able to visit competitions and also the opening and closing ceremonies. 3,000 tickets with a 90% discount are reserved for persons with additional requirements.
By the way, on the acquired receipts from June 10 to July 10 fans from 74 countries will be able to drive to Belarus without visa. Also for this time motorists are exempted from a fare on the roads of Belarus which are a part of the system Beltoll.
Persons interested in volunteering on EG-2019 can send the request on the website https://minsk2019.by/ru till April 1. Competition is high: three applies for one post. Among candidates – 8,000 foreigners. In total will select 8,700 people who are involved in 20 different directions. It is logistics, work with media, doping control, medical care, accommodation of guests and athletes, translation activity, catering services and many other things. For example, residents of Grodnenshchina will be responsible for comfort arriving in customs control zones on border check-points, to work with fans in regional fan zones.
The virtual guide to a forum – the free Minsk2019 mobile application already available to downloading will be for volunteers useful help. And in days of competitions the News service will allow to stay in the know of events everything.
As the director of National anti-doping agency (NADA) Denis Muzhzhukhin told, at the European games of test will take 30 foreign doping officers and 10 Belarusian experts from participants. Will notify athletes on passing of doping control and will accompany them on procedures of 240 volunteers chaperons. Doping points will organize on each object, including in the Village of athletes. Behind that everything was without violations, the independent supervisory commission will track. Representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), EOK, the international federations enter into it.
Last year 14 people got on doping. The majority – because of the wrong treatment. However, according to the code of WADA if something forbidden appeared in the athlete's organism, then he is guilty of it. Punishment for such mistake disqualification for several years. To check the drugs appointed by the doctor and to save itself from the destroyed sports career the DopingCheck service on NADA website will help. With the same purpose near the dining room in the Village of athletes the entertaining and educational platform where trainers and their wards will get advice of experts will be placed and will participate in an electronic anti-doping quiz of "OUTREACH". Everyone, correctly answered 9 of 10 questions of the mini-test, will note a prize.
Distinctive feature of the II European games in Minsk – their compactness. All sporting venues, except the rowing channel in Zaslavla, are located in the capital. To reach from one point another, no more than 30 minutes are required.
If in Azerbaijan sport objects were built from scratch, then in Belarus the emphasis was placed on use and modernization of already existing infrastructure. On June 21, 2018 the head of state handed a symbolical key from Dynamo stadium given queens of sport and to football players, and in December reconstruction of a shooting complex of a name of the marshal Tymoshenko came to the end. On June 18 the Village of athletes will open. In 9 updated dormitories about 6,000 people will accommodate. Also here the temporary dining room is built to 2,000 seats which after the forum will turn into two big universal gyms.
Participants of a seminar also estimated readiness of sporting venues for a forum. At first they visited sport and recreation complex "Minsk Arena": on the main arena, skating stadium and a velodrome. In June there will take place competitions in acrobatics, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, trampolining, sports aerobics and cycling on a track here. The Pit stop was made by journalists in sport and recreation complex of "Falcon club" where they will lay three courts for badminton. The excursion at national Olympic stadium "Dynamo" came to the end: guests presented themselves on the place of athletes, selfies in the stands took, glanced in commentator cabins and VIP-boxes.