Minsk European Games to be 'more compact and sustainable' than Baku 2015
Games - 19 May 2017
The second edition of the European Games in Minsk in 2019 will be compliant with the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reform programme, delivering “a more compact and more sustainable model, with fewer sports and fewer athletes than the inaugural edition of the Games in Baku in 2015,” according to the European Olympic Committees.
Following an executive committee meeting in Skopje in Macedonia yesterday, the EOC said: “The Games will be compliant with Agenda 2020 in the following ways:
• “More compact – 11 days compared to 17 days at Baku 2015
• “Fewer sports – 16 sports compared to 20 at Baku 2015
• “Fewer athletes – expected to be approximately 4000 athletes and 2,000 officials
• “The use of an existing university campus for the Athletes’ Village.”
The EOC added: “One notable addition to the Minsk 2019 Programme will be the launch of the new European Athletics initiative ‘Athletics 2020’, which will provide a shorter product aimed at engaging the youth market.”
The inaugural edition of the games came under fire from some critics for its extravagance and for setting the bar unsustainably high for following host cities.
Janez Kocijančič, the EOC’s acting president, commented: “The preparations for Minsk 2019 are very much on track, but we need to continue to work hard to ensure we deliver the exceptional product we believe the European Games can be. It is very important to the EOC that the Games reflect the recommendations laid out in Agenda 2020 and we believe the 2019 Games in Minsk will provide an excellent blueprint for years to come. Today’s meeting was very productive and I have complete confidence that the preparations will continue to move in the right direction.”
Meanwhile, the EOC said that the next European Athletes Forum and Assembly will be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in October and will include an elective assembly.