minsk 2019

Minsk, Belarus will host the second edition of the European Games from 21-30 June, 2019. The European Games are Europe’s premier multisport event held every four years under the auspices of the European Olympic Committees (EOC).

Athletes from all 50 European National Olympic Committees will compete in 15 sports at the European Games: 3x3 basketball, archery, athletics, badminton, beach soccer, boxing, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, judo, karate, sambo, shooting, table tennis and wrestling. Ten of the 15 sports, including DNA, will act as qualifiers for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with the European Games also counting as the official European championships for four sports (badminton, boxing, canoe sprint and judo).

At Minsk 2019, the top 30 athletics nations in Europe are scheduled to compete in DNA. The knockout tournament will take place from 23-28 June 2019, with four competition days and two rest days. Each team will feature up to 15 athletes and 6 reserves. There will be 30 DNA medals up for grabs in Minsk: gold, silver and bronze for the best team overall, and gold, silver and bronze for the best individual athletes in each of the 9 disciplines.

Some 4,000 athletes in total will compete in 200 medal events in Minsk, while more than 1,000 judges will be in the Belarusian capital to officiate the sports. Over 1,000 foreign media representatives are expected to report on the Games, which will be staffed by approximately 8,000 volunteers.

Minsk 2019 will be a sustainable Games, with 11 of the 12 sporting venues being existing facilities. All 12 sporting venues are located within 30 minutes’ drive from the Athletes’ Village, ensuring athletes can easily travel to training and competition facilities.

The daily competition schedule for Minsk 2019 is available here. Further details about the schedule can be found here.

The first European Games were held from 12-28 June 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Baku 2015 was attended by 600,000 spectators, while global TV reach surpassed 820 million households.

The Candidature Process for the 3rd edition of the European Games in 2023 is under way and open to cities in any of the 50 European National Olympic Committees. The host city of the 2023 European Games will be announced ahead of Minsk 2019 so that the new host city can attend, and learn from, the second edition of the Games.

Official web site of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019: https://minsk2019.by/en