From 9 to 10 January 2018, the senior expert on sports of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Mr. Asimakis Asimakopoulos visited the headquarters of the 2nd European Games 2019. Today the EOC expert has held a meeting with the Foundation “Directorate of the 2nd European Games 2019” managerial staff, where a number of working issues regarding the organization and carrying of the Games were discussed. Mr. Asimakis shared his experience of holding major sports events of the past years and responded to personal questions concerning different functional areas of the Directorate.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Media. Journalists were able to ask the EOC expert a number of questions they are interested in.
According to Mr. Asimakis, the Games is a great chance for Belarus to show the country to the whole world and the opportunity to justify the funds invested in the event in the future. It is important to understand that after the 2019 Games the country will preserve a legacy, and what is the more important experience of holding a major sports event. The EOC expert noted that in Minsk he met dedicated people, real professionals. In addition, he described Belarus as a country with great potential, as different sports are developing here and there is an excellent sports infrastructure. However, Mr. Asimakopoulos stressed that now it is important to unite the efforts of all parties, in order to have time, which is not so much, to bring everything to the common denominator, that is to the demand of the European Olympic Committee, and to demonstrate to Europe and the world its stunning natural, historical, sport, human and other resources.
Journalists did not miss the opportunity to ask Mr. Asimakis about the visa-free regime envisaged for ticket holders for the upcoming event. The EOC expert emphasized that simplification of procedures, whether entering the country or getting accreditation, would benefit the image of the Games and the country as a whole. After all, it is important for each fan, having booked a hotel and buying a ticket, to be able quickly and without any problems to get into the country. If one has to wait for a visa at the airport, this definitely will not bring advantage to the country.