International Competitions in Belarus
In recent years Belarus has hosted many high-profile international competitions, including the 2nd European Games; the Match Europe v USA; world championships in ice hockey, summer biathlon, track cycling, Muay Thai, powerlifting; European championships in rhythmic gymnastics, speed skating, biathlon, sambo, boxing, modern pentathlon, water skiing, indoor hockey, chess.
2014 IIHF World Championship
2019 ISU European Figure Skating Championships
The Match Europe v USA
2019 European Games
The Flame of Peace Relay was held prior to the tournament. The torch lighting ceremony took place in Rome on 3 May. Within 50 days the torch traveled a total of 7,700km and reached the summit of Mont Blanc. In Europe, the Flame of Peace went through Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland. The torch also traveled through cities and landmarks of Belarus.
The 2nd European Games were held on 21-30 June. Over 3,500 athletes from 50 countries competed in 200 medal events in 15 sports (23 disciplines) and also for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics berths.
Dinamo Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the European Games. Competitions were held at the country’s best sport arenas.
The European Games were the first tournament of such a scale hosted by Belarus as a sovereign state. Experts from various countries praised the organization of the 2019 European Games, the country’s infrastructure, as well as its hospitality. They noted that Belarus is able to host events of a bigger format.
About 37,500 tourists visited the country during the games. Team Belarus placed second in the overall standings with 23 gold, 16 silver and 29 bronze medals.