The upcoming European Games will feature 15 sports: badminton, 3×3 basketball, boxing, wrestling (freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, women’s wrestling), cycling (tracks and roads), rowing (kayaking and canoeing competitions), gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, acrobatics, aerobics and trampolines), judo, karate, track and field athletics, sambo, archery, table tennis, shooting (including shooting clay targets), and beach soccer. Eight sports will become a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The sports branches are cycling, canoeing, karate, athletics, archery, shooting, table tennis, and 3×3 basketball. Badminton, judo, and boxing competitions will be held at the European Championship ranking. Athletics, which is one of the most spectacular sports, will be presented at the European Games in a new format by a mixed gender team. The competition will feature 30 teams consisting of more than 20 athletes, both men, and women, for each side. The exciting new format will include ten events, focusing on basic athletic concepts of jumping, running, and throwing. Also, there will be up to 30 mixed gender teams, consisting of around 23 male and female athletes, including reserve players, who will compete in the knock-out format for five days.
While preparing for the 2019 European Olympics, Minsk also builds new sports facilities that meet international standards. For example, the Rhythmic Gymnastic Palace, opened in 2018, is called one of the best in the world. The Dinamo Stadium reopened on June 21, 2018, after a significant renovation. The opening and closing ceremonies of European Games and athletic tournaments will take place in this Dinamo Stadium. There is also a beach football stadium designed to have a capacity of 1,500 seats and will be built for the European Olympics near the Olympiysky Sports Center. In 2018 the new stadium will host the BSWW Euro Coast Soccer League as a trial tournament ahead of the match. A new building from the National Scientific and Practical Sports Center will be a place for athletes to undergo all the tests needed in the center before the international competition. This facility provides health and recovery services for participants in the 2019 European Games.
The upcoming 2nd European Games will carry the motto Bright Year, Bright You. Belarus presented a motto at the European Olympic Committee (EOC) meeting in Skopje on May 21, 2017. Another slogan that will also be used is the Time of Great Victory and will be present in Russian and Belarusian languages. The slogan “Follow Your Dream inspired the 2nd European Olympic logo”. A legend inspires this logo in Belarus about fern flowers. People who find flowers at Kupala Night then all their wishes and dreams will come true. It is hoped that athletes from all over Europe who will gather in Minsk in June 2019 will succeed in achieving their goals of becoming champions. There are no big matches without the presence of mascots, as well as the 2019 European Games. Lesik, the Baby Fox, is the official mascot for the 2nd Minsk European Games. Belarusian pop singer and composer, Ruslan Alekhno, has been chosen as the ambassador of the 2019 European Games Minsk. Alekhno recently received a certificate of recognition for his performance at the Minsk Concert Hall. He also won the Order award for Contributing to the Development of Russian Culture and the Francysk Skaryna Medal.