“The main multi-sport event in Europe” — so served in Belarus II European games, which take place from 21 to 30 June in Minsk. However, in the main, according to the organizers, the competition of the continent will visit no more than 30 thousand foreign fans.
If the European sports press about a young competition write one or two lines and not on the main page, then in Belarus the festive atmosphere was tried to create ahead of time. Fox Lesik is the mascot of the games can be found in the most unexpected places across the country, the slogan “Bright year bright you” for the year, it seems, learned all Belarusians. In 10 days, 4000 athletes from 50 countries will compete for 201 sets of medals.
European games, or Europeada — regional international complex sport competitions among athletes of Europe, which will be held every four years under the management of the European Olympic committees. The first games were held in 2015 in Baku, the next plan was to hold Russia, but because of the sanctions following an investigation, WADA doping scandal, the IOC refused to Moscow.
Eight thousand volunteers, mostly from students, work at the event. Openness, which they say the organizers, the volunteers don’t seem to apply. They are forbidden to speak with journalists without the approval of the Directorate of the games — apparently, after the information appeared about the cases are not completely voluntary volunteering. The correspondent of RFI, the head of one volunteer points explained that each question should be agreed with the authorities — and not orally: “There should be aware of which radio… That is, you specify a company, the purpose of the event, the content of the questions. We have such procedures, we act according to the instructions”.
After calls to the Directorate, the girl agreed to allow the journalist to subordinate her volunteers. Says the leader of the group Darya, which is the third day of greeting guests of the games from the train station:
“We really like it. Many representatives of Asian countries, the Belarusians also fit Russian approach. Mainly interested in information on railway tracks, information about the game: how where to go. The most frequent issues is the exchanger, toilet, where to buy tickets, and attractions are all looking for Red Church. Not to say that there are some peak hours, but five or six foreigners and five or six Russian-speaking”.
Victoria, Daria’s colleague, said that the proposal to become a volunteer did for her two years ago.
Victoria: “Very worried that will not take me, but somehow it went well. And now two years later I’m here. We had an interview, personal communication, asked me to tell you about myself, everything. English, of course, necessary.”
The budget for the games in Baku was $ 1.2 billion, at the opening ceremony in the Azerbaijani capital was made by Lady Gaga and Arctic Monkeys, the Minsk game with Anna Netrebko at the opening will obviously cost a smaller amount, the exact figure is still unknown. At competitions no athletes and global superstars mentioned 8000 volunteers presumably have only 30 000 foreign tourists, then as the ice hockey world championship in 2014 has collected 80 000 fans from abroad. Why is the main multi-sport event in Europe? This says at the request of the RFI, the sports reporter from the news Agency BelaPAN Ruslan Batenkov.
Ruslan Batenkov: “I think it’s just a desire to elevate the event which, by and large, on a global scale is negligible. A place to organize it was not at all. We raised the fallen banner — as far as I know, Russia was supposed to hold. That gave Minsk, he spends. But to call it that is such pretentious words? This discrediting some… What are the normal, modestly, but with taste. But there is no modesty, no taste… Like any new event, first, its hard to fit in [sports world] calendar. Second, the sports for which competitions are being held, here are a few listed. What interests our fans? Football, hockey and biathlon. Well, here come some people. Of course, well-known sportsmen, including, will have some competition status of the European championship or qualification for the Olympic games, but this level really falls short. Why? In principle, the world of sports, sports events — they have already settled. And to invent something new, why people fail and come, is extremely difficult. You can develop an existing format, such as, for example, the football Champions League where we are talking about the increasing presence of more affluent clubs. And here is something new… to Push it all, but also to invite famous people to give some kind of status — and athletes will not do it, and the Federation of sports too hard. Pathos pathos, but for me it was a marker of the level of prize that will be given to Belarusian sportsmen for the occupation of the places from first to third. For gold — thirty times less than the regular Olympics, for a silver and a bronze — twenty-five times less. Here is the real cost of all these medals, which will be played. In fact, (it is) an image event, the guys are trying to climb out of the skin. But no matter how you try — not interested”.
Ruslan Batenkov notes that the advantages of the questionable event for the country, not in the best economic position. The more that the European sponsors of the games, the Belarusians failed to interest.
Ruslan Batenkov: “They say that they will come 30 000 people… what is 30 000 people actually in season? This is nothing — see how many arrives in the same city, the same Warsaw, Vilnius… And there are so many efforts to came 30 000 people? Well, from the point of view of the internal infrastructure there to build something, built something, where something is cleaned, for the future, it’s all good. But the question is: how it pays off for whose account a Banquet and will not happen so that someone will have instead of a piece of bread and butter only the piece of bread.”
The beginning of the European games in Minsk marked by scandal. The President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, who arrived in the Belarusian capital, at ceremony has not appeared. In an interview with the Serbian news Agency Tanug. Techno Vucic said that he did not go to the celebrations due to take part in the ceremony of the command of Kosovo, which Belgrade continues to consider its territory. Alexander Lukashenko “I almost cried when I said I can’t be in there,” said Vucic.
The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili met with Lukashenko, but the ceremony did not get — had to return home due to unrest in Tbilisi.
On the eve of the games in Belarus were executed another death sentence that was not explicitly added to the popularity of Minsk as the venue for main sports events in Europe.
The host of the next games will be the Poland, capital of the competition — Krakow.
In the medal standings while the leader is Russia, followed by Belarus and Ukraine.
It is expected that the closing ceremony of the competition June 30, will be attended by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, and in mid-July, according to Lukashenko, he and Putin during the forum of regions of Russia will go “to Valaam to pray” and to discuss integration issues.