Minsk 2019 European Games get underway with joyful Opening Ceremony

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The opening ceremony of the 2nd European Games of 2019 was held at the National Olympic Stadium "Dinamo" last night.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and President of the European Olympic Committees Janez Kochianchich, as well as foreign guests, including the heads of state who arrived at the opening of the 2nd European Games, observed the ceremony in the box of honored guests.

 

With augmented reality to the fore, more than 3,000 square metres of moveable projection screen took centre stage in Minsk’s Dinamo Stadium. The gasps from the 22,246 fans armed with smartphones were never far away as a succession of animals and birds regularly appeared to take to the skies.

Two of Belarus’ most prominent athletes, Volha Mazuronak, winner of the marathon at the 2018 European championships, and Aliaksandr Bahdanovich, the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games sprint canoe gold medallist, set the tone from start. The duo, appearing as 10-feet high superheroes, took the audience on a tour of the country’s most prominent landmarks before sprinting into the stadium in person.

 

On the night of the summer solstice, the ancient Belarusian pagan festival of Kupalle was fittingly the thread which held the celebration together. Tales of gods and men were neatly weaved into a loud ecological message highlighting the pressing need to prioritise our natural environment.

 

The scenes featuring the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, the only remaining primaeval forest in Europe and home to more than 500 wild bison, brought this directive home particularly powerfully.

 

As always, the action, which was broadcast to 148 countries worldwide and showcased 500 artists, 700 volunteers and 1,200 costumes, built towards the lighting of the flame. Named the Flame of Peace, the European Games fire has travelled all over Europe, scaling the continent’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, and criss-crossing Belarus during the past 50 days. In the process it has notched up 7,700km and been handled by 450 lucky people. 

 

The final seven comprised a who's who of Belarus' recent sporting past, including Darya Domracheva, the nation’s most-decorated winter Olympian, 10-time tennis grand slam doubles winner and London 2012 champion Max Mirnyi and sprint sensation Yulia Nesterenko – the 100m champion at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.


The guests of the ceremony and participants of the II European Games were addressed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He called for “using sport to build a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable future that we all aspire to.”

During the opening ceremony  President of the European Olympic Committees Janez Kochianchich emphasized that Belarus is strong in sporting traditions and numerous sporting achievements. In particular, he noted that Europe, being the smallest, but at the same time the most powerful continent in the international Olympic sports movement, celebrates today its most significant multisport event.

Being at the origins of the European Games is an honor for Belarus. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the opening ceremony. The head of state welcomed the contestants, guests of Minsk and all those who follow the opening of the competition, noting that the history of the European Games is just beginning.

Alexander Lukashenko declared the 2nd European Games open, wishing all athletes success,
endurance and patience to coaches and vivid impressions to fans.


 
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