On September 9-10, 2019 Stadium "Dynamo" will host track and field athletics match Europe - the United States.
This, as the "Minsk-Novosti" Agency correspondent reports, was said by the President of the European Track and Field Association Sven Arne Hansen at a press conference in Minsk.
According to him, since the 1960s there have been no such competitions. In 2019 in the calendar of the International Federation of Athletics there are not many large tournaments except for the World Cup in Qatar. The match in Minsk will be held a couple of weeks before this event. For athletes, the Minsk launch will be very useful.
"One of the reasons why Minsk will host the match is the opening of the Dynamo Stadium after the reconstruction," Sven Arne Hansen stressed. "The program of the competition will include running, jumping, throwing and pushing kinds of sport, relay races. In total, in Minsk there will compete 144 sportsmen in personal kinds (72 men and 72 women) and participants of mixed relay races", he added.
He said that according to the program of the competition in each event there will be engaged 4 athletes from Europe and 4 - from the United States. Selection of athletes will take place in a transparent way. The match will be attended by those who will be in the top 4 on the basis of the main European starts. According to S. Hansen, the team of Europe will include 10 Belarusian athletes. The more local athletes the team has, the higher the spectators’ interest.
In his turn, the Head of the Belarusian Athletics Federation Vadim Devyatovsky noted that the leaders of the national team would surely open their way to the European team. They are: Ivan Tikhon, Alina Talai, Marina Arzamasova, Tatyana Holodovich. In addition, he expressed confidence that the tournament would gather a lot of supporters.
"This year Minsk hosted a team cup of Europe in running for 10 thousand meters. The stadium of the Republican Center for Olympic Training in Athletics was packed to the eyeballs. The spectators cheered on all the athletes. Sven Arme Hansen had to admit that it was the best of all European Cups in running for 10 thousand meters", said V. Devyatovsky.
The Deputy Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Igor Yurkevich expressed his confidence that the match would be held at a high level. By that time, Minsk will have perfect tourist infrastructure.
"Active building and installation work is being carried on in the Dynamo Stadium", said I. Yurkevich. "In particular, they are preparing for the installation of roofing, which is a complex technological process", he added.
It should be noted that the idea of holding the match between the teams of Europe and the USA in Minsk belongs to Sven Arme Hansen.