2nd European Games In Minsk End With Grand Closing Ceremony (Photos)

After 10 days of intense sports competition, which saw medals decided, records broken and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification places obtained, the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 is over.

The major sports festival of the continent hosted by Belarus ended with a spectacular closing ceremony at the Dinamo Stadium on Sunday night, 30 June.

The ceremony started with the national anthem and paid tribute to the athletes’ records. The highlights were projected on a model of the National Library of Belarus.

Keeping the tradition of the Olympic Games, a parade of flags and medal winners gave an official start to the ceremony.

The honoring of volunteers, 8,000 from all over the world, can be described with one quote “You’re the heart and soul of the 2nd European Games!”

… and fireworks lit in their honor.

The country’s cutting-edge tech and IT solutions, its past and future, culture and history were a cross-cutting theme of the show.

Lesik the Games’ mascot and a huge zubr – a symbol of Belarus – set an atmosphere dedicated to the present times, modern Belarus.

The bison wished good luck to the new generation of Belarusians and a song about modern Minsk, city of start-ups, started to play.

Time to say goodbye! The torch of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 in the Dinamo Stadium was doused marking the official end of the Games.

As many as 200 sets of medals were awarded in 15 sports during the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019, which took place on 21-30 June.

The Russian team won the medal tally by taking 109 medals, including 44 gold ones. Belarusian athletes – 221 participants – won 69 medals, including 24 gold ones.

2nd European Games closing ceremony

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, Armenia President Armen Sarkissian, and President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach joined Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at the closing ceremony.

Sources: TUT.BY. minsk2019