In Rome, a solemn ceremony of lighting the fire relay II European games. “Flame of peace” broke out in the Museum complex of the Ara Pacis. He lit the Olympic champion in run on 100 metres Yulia Nesterenko, Olympic champion in jumps on a trampoline Vladislav Goncharov and four-time Olympic champion in fencing Elena Belova, reports TASS.
First, the fire will take on the summit of Mont Blanc. Then the peace Flame will pass through Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The final point of the trip will be the Dinamo stadium in Minsk June 21 there will ignite the Cup of the European games. The relay will involve 450 people, 100 volunteers and 10 keepers of the fire.
As stated by the Minister of sport and tourism of Belarus Sergei Kovalchuk, the European games will be the largest multi-sport event on the continent.
“We expect a fantastic sporting event. Belarus is a great country with a rich culture, hospitable and nice people, we are confident that everything will be fine”, – he stressed.
The ceremony was also attended by the President of the European Olympic committees (EOC), Janez Kocijancic, Chairman of the coordination Commission of the European games, Spyros Kapralos and the General Director of the Minsk European games organizing Committee Georgy Katulin.
The event was presented a symbolic olive wood, specially manufactured for the EOC.
Recall that the II European games will be held in Minsk from 21 to 30 June. Athletes from 50 countries will compete for 199 sets of medals in 15 sports.