Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:08
The 40th European Olympic Committees (EOC) Seminar concluded in the Austrian capital of Vienna, with reports on upcoming EOC sports events, an update from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and presentations on two exciting projects being organised by the NOC of Spain and NOC of Austria.
With only 33 days to go to the start of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019, Minsk European Games Organising Committee (MEGOC) Deputy CEO Anatol Kotau outlined how the organising committee has grown from a staff of 33 in January 2018 to 811 at present. He added that some 190,000 tickets for the Games have already been sold, and that the medals for the Games will be unveiled on 21 May.
“There has been a lot of work done in Minsk so that we reach the second edition of the European Games, and I would like to congratulate the entire team and I am sure that the Games will be a big success,” said Spyros Capralos, EOC Coordination Commission Chair for Minsk 2019. “All venues are ready and operational and are waiting for your athletes.”
Capralos added that a flight has been chartered to fly EOC members and NOC Presidents to Switzerland on Olympic Day, 23 June, for the opening of the new headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne. They will return to Minsk later the same evening.
Updates on preparations for upcoming editions of the summer and winter European Youth Olympic Festivals were also delivered, followed by the official announcement of the new Host City for the 16thSummer edition: Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.