Coordination Commission (CoCom) of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) positively assessed the preparation of Minsk to the 2nd European Games and highlighted the significant progress made by Minsk European Games Operations Committee (MEGOC). It was reported by MEGOC CEO George Katulin during the joint meeting of Coordination Commission’s members and MEGOC staff at the Belarus National Olympic Committee headquarter.
-Today’s MEGOC report on the preparation progress was positively assessed. European colleagues are pleased to find out that MEGOC staff has grown significantly and almost all functional areas have leadership. Our next step is set up operating teams at each venue – shared George Katulin.
Chairman of the EOC Coordination Commission Spyros Capralos confirmed the opinion of European experts on the significant changes taking place in Minsk, with the preparation of the 2nd European games, as well as in the work of the MEGOC.
– A number of sports facilities is already reconstructed, and they will soon be put into operation – he highlighted. – The chefs de mission seminar will bring together the representatives of 50 NOCs of the countries that will participate in the Games. All representatives will receive necessary information.
The Executive Director of the European games Simon Clegg pointed out that the dialogue with MEGOC managers within CoCom will identify those areas that need to pay attention to in the near future.
-However, it is already clear that the work of MEGOC is going in the correct direction, and very active. I worked for 12 Olympic Games. Not every such event is the same as previous one. It is no need to compare the events of this level and scale, but I am sure that the European games in Minsk will be memorable because of something special, – shared by Simon Clegg.
The conclusion on the MEGOC progress was made based on the Mr. Katulin presentation. He highlighted a number of issues that were resolved since the last visit of the members of the Coordination Commission. For instance, he presented an updated information on the number of medal events (201), the number of participants in the competition (4082), the qualification system for the Games and the changes made to it in boxing, judo, sambo, wrestling, and archery. Also, the experts were informed about the seminar for federations and sports facilities representatives, the progress of the Dinamo stadium reconstruction and beach soccer arena construction, as well as he up-to-date delegates on some agreements, made recently. It also was discussed such functional areas as accommodation, catering, TV broadcasting, merchandising, medals design, marketing, ticketing and etc.
The members of the EOC Coordination Commission will work in Minsk until 22 June. Within the framework of the visit, the experts will meet MEGOC leadership and managers. On June 21 they will visit the grand opening ceremony of the Dinamo stadium – main venue of the 2nd European Games.