28 March 2018

This 28 and 29 March the Minsk 2019 Organising Committee hosts its first Open Day for representatives of the National Olympic Committees of Europe. This first round of meetings will be attended by delegations from 12 NOCs, and the EOC will be represented by Senior Consultant Pierce O’Callaghan and Sports Consultant Makis Asimakopoulos.

MEGOC will hold a series of joint meetings with representatives of the NOCs of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and Turkey, and the EOC experts, during which all functional areas will be addressed. Delegates will also visit sports venues and the Athletes’ Village.

“I hope you will enjoy our hospitality and you are fully prepared for intensive work during those two days. It is important to start our first NOC Open Day because not only how preparations are progressing but also our passion will be revealed”, said MEGOC CEO George Katulin, welcoming the NOCs of Europe.

“We are open and expect to receive feedback from NOC officials because you are professionals who take care of athletes who are the main focus of the Games”, he added.

All presentations and reports from this first Open Day will be circulated to all the NOCs of Europe.

A further two Open Days are planned, the Chef de Mission Seminar next 9-13 July and a third and last in December 2018. No Open Days or NOC visits of any kind are planned for 2019 to allow the Organising Committee to focus fully on preparations for what is expected to be another great celebration of sport for the Olympic Movement of Europe.

The multisport event will be held in Minsk from 21 to 30 June 2019 involving 12 sports venues, more than 4000 athletes from 50 countries competing for about 200 sets of awards in 15 sports. For 10 sports there will be some form of qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Preparations continue to make timely progress and the whole of Europe is eagerly awaiting this big sport event!