Results of the EOC Seminar in Skopje

Acting President of the European Olympic Committee Janez Kocijancic  praised the results of the two-day EOK seminar in Skopje (Macedonia). According to him, the seminar was ‘useful for   further development of the NOCs’. The acting President of the EOC congratulated the Macedonian Olympic Committee on the 25th anniversary of its foundation.

‘In Skopje we spent several fruitful days and made progress in many areas. I would like to express my gratitude to our Macedonian friends for their hospitality and once again congratulate Macedonia’s NOC on its anniversary. I would also like to thank all   National Olympic Committees for their hard work, and the Olympic Solidarity Commission for the impeccable work in assisting the NOCs. The EOC has many interesting plans, and we will continue to work together for the benefit of the European Olympic movement’, said Mr. Kocijancic.

The EOC seminar in Skopje was held in conjunction with the IOC Olympic Solidarity Forum, which presented its work plan for 2017-2020. Special attention was paid to the issues of digital communications in sports and how NOCs can increase their popularity in the online mode.

Representatives of the Olympic channel presented strategies to attract  young people, ensure the presence of NOCs in social networks and provide information on sports topics.

Presentations of the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang and Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina were demonstrated at the seminar. In addition, the participants discussed the forthcoming Games of the Small States of Europe in 2017 in San Marino and the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), which will be held from 23 to 29 July this year in Gyor, Hungary. The ceremony of lighting the fire of the EYOF-2017 will be held on May 23 in Rome (Italy). 

An important part of the Seminar was the report of the Minsk 2019 Organizing Committee  on the preparations for the Second European Games. The dates of the competitions were approved – from June 21 to June 30, 2019. Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as Athletics competitions   will be held at the renewed Dynamo stadium in Minsk.

Minsk-Arena  will host competitions in Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnastics, Acrobatics and Trampoline. The neighboring buildings of the multifunctional complex  will host a Badminton tournament   and Track Cycling  races. Road Cycling races are planned to take place   through the streets of Minsk. Chizhovka-Arena will host   Wrestling competitions (the program includs Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, as well as Sambo). The Uruchie Sports Palace will host Boxing competitions as wel as Karate and Judo wrestlers. The training fields of the Minsk football club will turn into the archery range. And  the strongest masters of Table Tennis  will be determined at the Falcon Club game hall.  The 3×3 Basketball tournament  will be hosted by Palova Arena. Archers will play medals at the  Marshal Timoshenko shooting range and at the Sporting Club, and competitions in the Sprint Canoe will be held at the rowing canal in Zaslavl. The program of the Games also includs beach Football and Volleyball to take place at the Olympyiskiy sports complex.

It is expected that 4 thousand athletes will take part in the II European Games.

The Chairman of the Minsk-2019 Organizing Committee was appointed by the Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov. Former Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus George Katulin was appointed the Director. Transport costs of athletes and NOCs’ official representatives are reimbursed by the EOC, and the II European Games Organizing Committee   will take care of the hotel accommodation expenses.

On behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee the EOC seminar was attended by the first Vice-President of the ROC Stanislav Pozdnyakov and the Head of the International Relations Department Viktor Khotochkin. They presented a memorable gift to the President of the National Olympic Committee of Macedonia, Mr. Vasil Tupurkovski, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his country’s NOC.

Next year, the EOC seminar will be held in Serbia.