Alina Talay: “The 2nd European Games is a unique opportunity to show Belarus to the world”

The top star of the Belarusian athletics Alina Talay shared her opinion on the 2nd European Games 2019 and its importance for the development and promotion of the sport in Belarus.

-I would like to ask you a tricky question. What do you know about the 2nd European Games?

I know it will be held in Minsk in 2019. The first European Games was in Baku. In fact, it is a great event for Belarus. I would certainly like to compete at home.

– May the European games be considered as an important tool for athletics’ promotion in Belarus?

– It is a significant event both for athletics and sport as a whole. If you bring here the best athletes in Europe, it will be one of the major sporting events in recent years. I think for people who are fond of athletics and watch it on TV it will be interesting to look at the stars, who will come to Minsk.

– At the 2nd European games, athletics is a part of the 2020 Summer Olympics Qualification System.

– It is cool! In general, it is an important event in terms of prestige and a unique opportunity to show Belarus to the world. Many of my friends, who came to Minsk for the first time, liked it very much. I remember the Ice  Hockey World Championships atmosphere when many fans from different countries came here. It was the quintessential holiday. I think 2019 will be very similar to that, if not better because European games are a larger scale event. In my opinion, it is still a good opportunity to feel ourselves a heart of Europe not only in its geographical meaning but also as a major event for Europe.

– Do you expect the crowd capacity in Dinamo stadium during the athletics competitions?

In fact, it is hard to imagine. In comparison to ice hockey, football or biathlon,  athletics is not so popular in Belarus. But if it happens and the fans will come to watch the competition, it will be something incredible. Dinamo stadium is big enough, and several tens of thousands of spectators on it sounds really amazing.

– To be specific, its capacity is 22,000.

Having an experience of competing at different arenas, I would say that the presence of 22 thousand people gives you strong impulse, especially at home! Even competing in the national championship you feel the support of the audience and understanding that you are at home and you are loved. This is a very powerful charge! We do not have so many opportunities to hold such events and do not often see the best athletes from around the world. Europe has many athletes who are the world leaders in sport. Watching them on TV is good, but it is entirely different to look at them alive.

– Alina, thank you very much for your time and answers to all the questions! Good luck!

Thank you!

Open contest for the composing a song of the 2nd European Games 2019! Do not miss it!

The Directorate of the 2nd European Games in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian Philharmonic announces the start of the second stage of the competition for composing songs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming sports forum.

The organizers are accepting applications until May 15, 2018. Songs created in Russian, Belarusian and English are allowed to participate. The lyrics should reveal the theme of the unity of peoples, peaceful sports competition, Belarus’ hospitality, the sincerity and warmth of the host of the 2nd European Games. The competition is aimed at unearthing and supporting talented youth, involving a wide circle of authors in the development of the creative content for the European Games, creating new music compositions that could be performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.

The Directorate expects that the contestants will create songs based on national motives.

To take part in the contest, you need to send your songs to the post or email to the Belarusian Philharmonic: Minsk, Nezavisimosti Ave., 50, 220005, e-mail Please mark your message by the title “song contest”. The application must contain an audio recording of the song on CD or flash-card (full plus), a music recording of the song, lyrics, and an application. Contact person: Ksenia N. Kokhan, +375 17 2844534.

The winner and prize winners, determined by voting of the jury members, will be awarded special diplomas and prize money in the amount of:

I place: 100 basic rates (author of music and author of lyrics)

II place: 70 basic rates (author of music and author of lyrics)

III place: 50 base rates (author of music and author of lyrics)

ISB has been appointed to sell the broadcasting rights for the 2nd European Games

International Sports Broadcasting SL (ISB) has been appointed to sell the broadcasting rights for the 2nd European Games, which will be held in Minsk from 21-30 June 2019.
The decision follows a highly successful partnership between ISB and EOC at the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015. The Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony was watched live in 120 countries and the Games were broadcast across 145 countries around the world. There was a global reach of over 820 million people, with every broadcaster showing an average of 5-6 hours of live coverage each day.

A key feature of the second edition of the Games is the exclusive new-look mixed gender athletics event, “Dynamic New Athletics”. The event has been designed in collaboration with European Athletics to appeal to a wider television audience, with the new format involving Europe’s top 30-ranked nations competing across 10 events in a maximum time of two hours.

The six track events will be: 100m women; 100m men; 100m hurdles women; 110m hurdles men; mixed 4×400 relay (teams decide gender order); and mixed distance pursuit.
The field events will involve women’s long jump and high jump and men’s javelin, while there will also be a one-man and one-woman Mini’Athlon combined event, entailing running, jumping and throwing.

By staging the European Games in the year preceding the Olympic Games, many sports in Minsk will be Olympic qualifiers helping the event attract a larger television audience across all age groups and social demographics.

The Minsk 2019 European Games will welcome over 4,000 of Europe’s best athletes to the Belarusian capital, with over 180 medals to be won across 15 sports. A total of 11 of the sports will be qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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