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Minsk leading contender to host 2019 European Games

The Belarusian capital of Minsk has emerged as the leading contender to host the 2019 European Games.

The European Games is a multi-sport event for athletes from all over Europe and is held every four years. The Games are owned, organised and regulated by the European Olympic Committees.

The first edition of the European Games took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in June 2015 with the next edition due to take place in June 2019.

State news agency Belta quoted Belarusian National Olympic Committee vice president Maxim Ryzhenkov as saying:

Our European partners are very interested in the second European Games taking place in Belarus.

The main issue is the budget. The second European Games demand the investment of significant sums. It’s necessary to carefully consider and weigh up everything.

The comments came ahead of a meeting of the European Olympic Committees in Minsk this week.

The 2019 European Games were originally due to take place in the Netherlands, which pulled out last year because of concerns over financing the event.

Minsk has already been awarded the 2019 European Figure Skating Championships.

The event is due to be held at the Minsk Arena, a multi-purpose venue built in 2010, and which is the home rink of HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.