Belarus and Poland plan to hold a sports festival on the Augustow Channel in 2019
May 25 2018

Belarus and Poland plan to hold a joint sports event in 2019, dedicated to the 2nd European Games and the 100th anniversary of the Polish Olympic Committee. This decision was made following the visit of the delegation of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus to the Olympic Committee of Poland.

– These are the two key dates for the next year. The Polish side, through the mechanism of cross-border cooperation, proposes to organize a joint sports event, possibly in the format of the festival to the 100th anniversary of the Polish Olympic Committee and a month before the 2nd European Games, – said the CEO of MEGOC George Katulin.

According to prior arrangement, the event is planned at the Augustow Channel, located on the territory of the two countries. Its format will be discussed. Probably, it will include such sports as cycling, canoe sprint, athletics.

As George Katulin noted, during the meetings with colleagues in the Olympic Committee of Poland, a number of issues of preparation for the 2nd European Games of 2019 were discussed. The Belarusian side expects the arrival of a significant number of Polish fans. It is also important that sports fans who purchase tickets for the European Games will not need a visa.

The representatives of two Olympic Committees also discussed the possibility to hold training camps of Polish athletes in Belarus. They will be able to familiarize themselves with the competition venues before the 2nd European Games. In addition, the issues of training athletes for the XXXII Summer Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo (Japan) were discussed. Polish colleagues expressed their readiness to assist in developing the organization of the route for the delivery of the Belarusian delegation to the Games from Minsk to Tokyo via Warsaw.

The representatives of the NOC Belarus also took part in the ceremony of awarding the traditional Fair Play award of the Polish Olympic Committee, which was held for the 51st time.

As it was previously reported, the Belarusian delegation headed by the First Vice-President of the NOC Andrei Astashevich was in Poland from May 22 to 24 following the invitation of the President of the Olympic Committee of that country, Andrzej Krasnicki.

The agreement between the Olympic Committees of Belarus and Poland on technical and sports cooperation was made on May 18, 2011. In order to implement it, the parties regularly take part in joint events, carry out bilateral friendly visits, exchange information and experience on the development of the Olympic movement.

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