After 2 days of intensive work the representatives of the Coordination Commission of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the foundation “Directorate of the 2nd European Games 2019″ took part in the press conference to review the results.
George Katulin, the 2nd Minsk 2019 European Games CEO:
“Mr.Spyros Kapralos, Minsk 2019 CoCom Chair pointed out some aspects which we should be more productive at. I would like to thank the management of the EOC for their expert guidance and advice and all-round support. I can assure the EOC delegates that all the recommendations will be taken as direct guide for action and we’ll do our best to meet all the challenges set, as far as we have a very serious test in a couple of weeks when representatives of the National Olympic Committees from all over Europe will visit Minsk and take part in the first Doors Open Day. We were strongly recommended to keep the same pace working under the project of the 2nd European Games, because the less time is left, the bigger scope of problems should be solved”.
Mr. Janez Kocijancic, EOC President:
“First of all I would like to thank the Belarusian part for hospitality and effective work during this session. I had a meeting with the NOC President and the President of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Alexander Lukashenko and discussed a number of questions regarding the upcoming European Games. I’m deeply sure that due to the close attention and support for sport in the country, the sports forum in Minsk will be very successful. In fact, the European Games is one of the major and most important sports events, second only to the Olympics. But taking into consideration that European countries took almost 50% of medals in Rio 2016 and around 70% of them in Pyeongchang 2018, in June, 2019 we can expect high results not only in sports and competitions area but also spectators interest. I would like to underline one more detail: all the venues have been already built or planned to be refurbished with no reference to the European games. It will help us to save some budget. At the same time, all the revenues from the event will be taken by Belarus and Belarusian people. We managed to create a high-effective team of the Organizing Committee and EOC representatives ”.
Spyros Kapralos, Minsk 2019 CoCom Chair:
“The main goal of the Coordination Commission is to provide all the necessary help and support to organize the upcoming Games, share the experience to complete all the challenges that arise at the preparatory stage of the multisport event. We are eager to hold it at the highest level with minimal costs”.