The National Olympic Committee’s headquarter hosts an inspection visit of the Coordination Commission of the European Olympic Committees, which includes the heads of the EOC and experts from various fields who are in charge of preparing Minsk for the 2nd European Games of 2019.
Spyros Capralos, Minsk 2019 Coordination commission chair, admitted that he follows the successes of the Belarusian sport and shared his opinion on the importance of the multisport event for Belarus:
First of all, let me congratulate Belarus for your athletes in PyeongChang. I was very happy especially for the gold medals in the women’s biathlon relay. I am a big fan of Darya Domracheva. Therefore I was particular happier with the success.
On the way from the airport, we saw many billboards promoting the Games, which I think, is very good for the local population to realize that Games are coming.
There is still a lot of work ahead, but even the current state of affairs allows us to say that a large number of tasks have already been completed. On the one hand, the successful hosting of the Games will contribute to improving the image of these competitions as a competitive and high-profile event in the sports world. On the other hand, it will demonstrate once again that you are the fantastic organizer of major sports events. This is a multi-sport event that is even more difficult to organize and it is going to give your country great visibility to the outside world which will help to attract tourist flows and strengthen its ties in the international arena.