MINSK, 22 June.

To be one of the founders of the European Games is an honor for Belarus. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement during the solemn opening ceremony of the 2nd European Games Minsk 2019 on 22 June, BelTA has learned.

“The time for bright victories has come. We are opening the 2nd European Games in the hospitable Belarusian land,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The head of state welcomed participants of the competitions, Minsk guests and everyone watching the opening ceremony. He noted the history of the European Games was only starting.

Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed: “We are glad that Belarus has been given the honor to be at the origin of this grand project. We are happy to be given an opportunity to introduce our guests to genuine Belarus – a beautiful, hospitable, and cozy country. You will see for yourselves that it is home to the sincerest and kindest people, that our friendliness is not simple courtesy, but a trait of our character, a natural state of the soul. You will see that tolerance and relations built on mutual trust and respect is how Belarusians live. And we gift it all to you!”

The head of state went on saying that in the next ten days the athletes and fans would be able to immerse themselves into an atmosphere of extraordinary passions, to see captivating struggle for medals and for passes to the Olympic Games, to witness unbelievable achievements and the birth of new world sport stars.

Source: BelTA