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Janez Kocijančič: Belarus has experience in holding large-scale sporting events

There is everything in Belarus to hold the European Games at the highest level, said September 21 Minister of Sports and Tourism of Belarus, Alexander Shamko, at a meeting of the Coordinating Commission of the European Olympic Committees with representatives of the Directorate for the European Games.

The meeting participants discussed the organization of the upcoming competitions. This includes the program of the Games, food and accommodation as well as information coverage of the competitions.

Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus:
We are able to ensure the highest-level organization. Today there is everything in our republic for this. I think that the unanimous decision to award these Games to Belarus indicates that our country has already accumulated good experience. Today, we are not facing some of the problems that the oragnizers of the first European Games faced.

The II European Games will be held in 2019. Their program includes competitions in 15 sports, 13 of them are Olympic. Experts call the Games an important and responsible project for the development and popularization of sports in Belarus and Europe.

Spyros Capralos, Chairman of the Coordinating Commission of the European Olympic Committees:
Belarus will be a great place to host the European Games. Well-developed and sports infrastructure of your country has already hosted a number of international competitions. The preparation will last only 20 months, but this time is enough to organize everything at the highest level.

Janez Kocijančič, Acting President of the European Olympic Committees:
First and foremost, I must say that we were incredibly impressed by the fact that we received an invitation to host the European Games directly from President Alexander Lukashenko. We know that Belarus has a lot of experience in holding international sports competitions. European Games can be compared with the Olympic Games in terms of importance. And we are convinced that Belarus will conduct them successfully.

It is expected that on 21 September, representatives of the European Olympic Committees will get acquainted with the sports facilities that will host events of the II European Games in Minsk.

Janez Kocijančič: Belarus has experience in holding large-scale sporting events