The fewer days left until the II European Games, the closer the “Flame of Peace” torch relay to the city over the Neman. How will they meet it in Grodno and the Grodno region?
Now the main symbol of the multisports forum travels around the Brest region. As reported at a meeting of the regional organizing committee for the preparation for the II European Games, the caravan of the relay will arrive in Grodno on May 16. The city is actively preparing for the prologue of the competition: asphalt pavement is being repaired, the markings are being updated, roadside strips, building facades, catering and accommodation facilities are being put in order. More than 200 thematic billboards, stretch marks, citylights were installed. Colorful photo-zones with the Games talisman - the fox Lesik will help Grodno residents to feel belonging to the largest sporting event in the country's history. He “settled down” near the railway stations, cinemas, universities, sports schools, sports schools and sports facilities, TH “Neman” and the Youth Center “Grodno”, on Lenin and Sovetskaya squares, in Gilibert Park.
In the near future billboards with participants of the II European Games will appear on the streets, and museum corners and expositions will appear in their native educational institutions. 37 athletes will have to defend the honor of the Grodno region, more than twenty of whom come from the regional center. Fans will be able to personally wish our heroes good luck during the opening ceremony on May 18. Supermodel of the World-2006 Ekaterina Domankova and Mikhail Mankevich will lead it.
A lot of surprises are promised to viewers. For example, they will witness the famous assist of Ivan Edeshko, thanks to which the Soviet basketball team snatched "gold" from the Americans at the 1972 Olympics in Munich 3 seconds before the end of the match. He will throw the ball into the ring twice: first on the screen in the video, and then make the pass to the younger generation. One more torchbearer, a Belarusian pop singer Sasha Nemo, will really light up on the stage.
The relay of fire will give the impetus for bright victories for athletes. It starts at 18.00 from Lenin Square. For one hour streets of Ozheshko, Lenin, Budyonny, Sverdlov, Socialist, Paris Commune, Mostovaya, Oktyabrskaya, Bolshaya Troitskaya will turn into the pedestrian. From Vilna fire on special vehicles will move to Kolozhsky park. From here the motorcade will reach the Soviet Square. Runners will bring the torch to the main stage.
And on May 19, participants in the relay, including Vasily Revyako, chairman of the Progress-Vertelishki APC, and footballer Aleksey Knysh, will be greeted with a “live corridor” from the cultural center to the intersection of Molodezhnaya and Dubko streets. In addition, the torchbearers will visit the apple orchard in the village of Tolochki, the field between Skolobovo and Olenichi, the Batorovka dairy Complex.
The significant event for the agrotown will be celebrated with a concert and sports festival “First Spring Games”. At 11.00 on the main square trade will be unfolded, children's rides and photo zones will begin to work. Guests will see the “Dance of the World” flash mob, will be able to take pictures with living statues, life-size puppets and Lesik, purchase souvenirs with the symbols of the Games.
At 16.00, the torchbearer, accompanied by athletes who are engaged in Nordic walking, will deliver the Flame of Peace to the Dombrovka gateway. Here paper boats with wishes written on them will be launched and the lock will be hanged on the forged boat - the symbol of the August Channel. After locking and voying along the waters of the Pearl of the Grodno region on the Neman motor ship, the torch will be given to the cyclists near the bunker by the gateway of Nemnovo, from where it will go to Volkovysk. Until May 23, sports fire is also expected in the Lida, Korelichy, Novogrudok, Smorgon and Ostrovets districts.
Author: Inga Lasmane.
Translator: Pavel Mishustsin.